Taxpayers to fund $286K of Clemson chief's salary

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A state board has approved paying $286,000 toward the salary of Clemson University's incoming president.
 
Clemson announced last month that Jim Clements will take the job in January. The board agreed to match Clements' salary of $775,000 at his current job as president of the University of West Virginia. 
 
Tuesday's vote by the Agency Head Salary Commission means taxpayers will fund about a third of that. Private funds will provide the rest.
 
Clements will be the state's highest-paid university chief.
 
Clemson's retiring president, Jim Barker, makes about $470,000. Of that, nearly $246,000 -- or about half -- comes from taxpayers.
 
The commission that sets the pay for state agency heads also approved Tuesday a $137,000 salary for Richard Gough, incoming president of the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort.

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