Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 26, 2013

Ball State president rewarded with pay raise


The Associated Press

Muncie —

Ball State University's president is getting a 3.5 percent pay raise months after her salary drew attention when deferred compensation and incentives pushed it to nearly $1 million.
 
Ball State's trustees on Wednesday approved increasing President Jo Ann Gora's base salary to about $446,000.
 
Trustees President Hollis Hughes tells The Star Press he believes Gora has made the 18,000-student university a better place and done outstanding work with the Legislature and donors.
 
Gora's pay came under question after a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education listed her 2011-12 compensation at nearly $985,000, the fifth-highest nationally and far ahead of the presidents at Indiana and Purdue universities. Ball State attributed that mostly to some $500,000 in deferred compensation and retention incentives.
 
Gora has been Ball State's president since 2004.