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Ruth Simmons, First Black President in the Ivy League, Puts Salary on the Chopping Block

October 26th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Brown University President Ruth Simmons

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Brown University president Ruth Simmons has opted to take a voluntary salary cut as part of continued cost-cutting measures. This will be the third consecutive year that her salary has been lowered, although her overall compensation (which includes benefits and deferred compensation) will likely hold steady or even increase.

Apparently Simmons requested her first salary decrease in 2007. Her total salary for this year (minus benefits and other compensation) will likely come in at a sum of $536,000, down from $600,000 in the previous fiscal year. Not too bad for a reduced salary; but I absolutely appreciate the willingness of the institution and its administrators to lead by example during these challenging economic times.

Read more on salary cuts and administrator compensation at this link: The Brown Daily Herald

Posted by Ajuan Mance

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