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December 10, 2012

Birmingham-Southern responds to media coverage of presidential salary 

Although a Chronicle of Higher Education article published Dec. 10, "Pay and Perks Creep Up for Private-College Presidents," misses the mark, it does attempt to clarify that David Pollick's reported salary from 2010 was inflated by the buyout of his contract upon his departure from Birmingham-Southern College.

Unfortunately, many readers will not see that original article but will read the Associated Press' summary of it, which ran on and media outlets around the nation. It makes no reference to Dr. Pollick's severance agreement or deferred compensation but merely portrays him as the third-highest-paid private college president in 2010. Dr. Pollick received $2.3 million in salary, benefits, and deferred and future compensation even as the college's faculty and staff were undergoing dramatic cuts in their salaries and retirement benefits to alleviate a financial crisis at the college.

Nor does either article acknowledge that Birmingham-Southern's current president, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, is currently in his second year of taking no salary, retirement, or medical benefits as he works to rebuild the college's financial foundation. We at Birmingham-Southern are saddened by these gaps in reporting and hope that the public understands the facts of the matter. 

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