Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hats' Off To Bradford E. Choate

According to recently-updated State Employee Salary information compiled by The State newspaper, 99 of the 100 highest-paid state employees work at one of three places - the University of South Carolina, Clemson University or the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Starting with University of South Carolina Vice President Bradford E. Choate's whopping $303,850 salary, it obviously pays to be in higher ed in South Carolina - if you're not a taxpayer, that is.

No wonder South Carolina spends 17% of our state budget (compared to the national average of 10%) feeding the beast that is our bloated, over-extended, wasteful, duplicitive, inefficient, tuition-raising and utterly resistant to change system of higher education.

Hell, USC Vice President Choate's cost-of-living adjustment alone is probably more than a lot of honest, hard-working South Carolinians make in a year.

Seriously, what does Choate do to earn that kind of jack? Play golf with Department Chair Muhammed A. Khan ($261,732)? Sit in on a lot of important meetings with Provost Mark P. Becker ($250,100) and Associate Provost William T. Moore ($245,000)? Simultaneously give Athletics Director Eric Hyman ($288,750) a back rub while holding Steve Spurrier ($257,500)'s headphones?

We're not kidding, if this guy takes one red cent of per diem travel expenses, uses one single frequent flyer mile improperly or fails to double-bunk with USC President Andrew Sorenson ($235,877) on one out-of-state junket, he should be required to wash dishes at the Palmetto Club for a week (our bet is he wouldn't last an hour).

We'll have a lot more in the days and weeks to come on the updated state salaries (including the $117,114 Marxist Economist Bill Gillespie gets paid each year to lobby against tax cuts on behalf of John Rainey when the Legislature's in session), but for now it's safe to say that if you want to earn some real coin of the realm, higher ed's the place to be.


Blogger bitingblondewit said...

Is that just salary, or do those numbers include perks? At my university, the president receives a country club membership as a perk and was looking into the purchase of a private jet-for school related travel of course. How do the salaries for the university officials mentioned compare to the national average?

5:58 AM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

When you have a technical college, where one can earn an associate's degree and transfer to a 4-year college, sharing a parking lot with a two-year USC campus, where you can earn an associate's degree and transfer to a 4-year college, one has to wonder what the heck is going on.

That's in Sumter, btw. Leventis-ville, where words are voluminous and elections are rigged.

Just why do we have duplicating systems of two-year USC campuses and technical colleges anyway? Probably to justify some of those great-paying USC administrator jobs.

They outta do what most of us do to justify our jobs - work for a living.

Radical concept, I know.

7:56 AM

Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

wait just a minute... he makes more than Spurrier?? How did THAT happen...

Most NCAA Div-1 coaches pull down far more than $279K... I didn't realize the Spurrier hire was such a bargain!

8:38 AM

Anonymous atwater's ghost said...

Geaux Coques! Clemson loses this one, even if you can throuw rocks from teh statehouse grounds and hit USC's campus!

(and Roll Tide Roll!)

9:56 AM

Anonymous fakeinthesound said...

Another day another Will Folks lie and FALSIFICATION.


12:37 PM

Anonymous will folks said...

Dear Fake,

My father's accomplishments at the University of South Carolina have always stood on their own merits.

I'll let them continue to do so.



1:10 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

Will, you know it's not fair for you to go deleting postings from those who speak out against you.

It's just so controlling and unfair of you to do that.

2:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fake in the Sound is not showing up anymore on Blogger. What happened Sic Wilbur? Did you sic daddy on them?

2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The salaries listed do not include fringe benefits or enhancements that can DOUBLE OR TRIPLE the salary. Foundation and commercial deals are a PART of these packages…and often times are far greater than the compensation itself.

As constituted, Higher Ed is a scam… it is “for the children” at its worst. Professors and others use the facilities at the institutions to make money from consulting, book writing, starting their own businesses and as Lee Atwater used to do…selling the super computer via political polling. The gravy trains never stops!

2:57 PM

Anonymous Guido said...

Nunzio tended to little Paulie.

3:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Spurrier's main money comes from shoe deals, camps, tv contracts, etc. None of that is University money. So you are right, USC technically pays him less than Choate, but his overall package is really nice...about 1.5 mil I hear. Worth it though...people that give to USC's G' cock club and buy tickets like myself, at least do so at our own peril.

8:28 PM

Blogger Brian McCarty said...

Spurrier is paid a good bit more than that from the side deals he has with his television show, radio show and the like. He's more than twice what the good people of South Carolina cut a him a check for. So is Bowden up at Clemson.

My question about Choate is, who is he? Is among the best in his field of academics?

I might the state paying the big bucks for say, a top engineering professor, or a biologist or historian. But, administrators and atheletics coaches? Come on.

11:24 PM

Anonymous Rob W. said...

Actually, academia is not the place to strike it rich. These are people that have worked in this industry for a long time and have excelled at what they do, rising to the command of a nationally ranked college. Doing something similar in the private sector, say, becoming a CEO at an S&P 500 company, would net you an average paycheck of 11.75 million dollars[1]. Even for the midlevel managers (such as a Vice President, CFO, etc.) this would translate at least into a few million. Although not everyone could attain a similar position in the private sector, those professors in the sciences, engineering, or business/finance could definitly have done so.

Even comparing those who aren't "at the top", the average professor in our colleges makes less than they would out in the private sector, and (at least before tenure), they probably put in much more time. If we really value education, we should strive to recruit and retain the best people, which costs more money than what the average person makes but much less than in other settings.


12:11 PM


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