The wide variation in the salaries of Florida’s 28 public college presidents is not a surprise. Each school has a governing board that sets a president’s pay. The surprise in the new report is that nine presidents, including Palm Beach State College’s Dennis Gallon, had contracts that violate state law.
Dr. Gallon’s severance package allowed him to receive a year’s compensation or the remainder of his contract, whichever is less. A 2011 state law limits college presidents to 20 weeks’ pay. David Talley, chairman of the Palm Beach State College Board of Trustees, said the board was unaware of the change and has amended Dr. Gallon’s contract. Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System, said the critical review has prompted other boards to do the same.
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