I-Team Payroll Project: Wright State’s 10 highest paid employees

As Wright State University officials  prepare this week to lay out proposed budget and staff cuts to address a growing budget deficit, the I-Team acquired a copy of the university's payroll for calendar year 2016 using Ohio public records laws.

Search the database of 1,537 workers who made more than $50,000 last year HERE.

These records show the number of WSU employees paid more than $200,000 grew from 61 in 2015 to 73 in 2016.

The public-university's highest paid employee last year was David Hopkins, who recently stepped down early from his post as president. Hopkins brought in $563,266 in 2016. This is down from previous years, when he was paid more than $800,000 — his total compensation in 2014 was more than $1 million.

The university also gave a pay cut to Marjorie Bowman, who was WSU’s second highest paid employee in 2015, bringing in more than $500,000 even after she stepped down as head of the medical school. Her pay was $283,124 in 2016.

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Among those who got pay hikes were Thomas Sudkamp, whose promotion from vice president of curriculum to provost came with a $35,060 pay bump.

The 10 highest-paid Wright State employees in 2016 were:

1. David Hopkins, president: $563,266

2. Margaret Dunn, dean of surgery $499,297

3. Glen Solomon, professor/chair of medicine $413,894

4. Mary McCarthy, professor of surgery $412,502

5. Timothy Broderick, Wright State Research Institute chief scientist: 412,499

6. Scott Nagy, head men’s basketball coach: $374,772

7. Amit Sheth, professor of computer science $351,706

8. Thomas Sudkamp, provost: $344,694

9. Akpofure Ekeh, professor of surgery: $343,516

10. Robert Sweeney, professor and vice president of planning: $322,209

Go HERE for a searchable database of all WSU employees compensated more than $50,000 in 2014, 2015 and 2016 — as well as in numerous other local and state public agencies.


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