University leaders took steps to fire Narayanan in September, but he then went on sick leave and remains employed by the university, according to school officials.
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Former WSU researcher Phani Kidambi was suspended along with Narayanan but resigned in August 2017. He was paid $50,404 last year, according to the I-Team Payroll Project.
Wright State faces a budget crisis that could lead to state-designated fiscal watch. School leaders have slashed $30 million from their budget but need to cut $10 million more.
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But the school’s highest-paid worker saw a pay raise. Boonshoft School of Medicine Dean Margaret Dunn was compensated $518,199 last year, up from $499,298 in 2016.
And Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Nagy was paid $502,719 last year; he signed on with the school in 2016 and was paid $374,773 for working a partial year that year.
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In previous years, the school's highest paid employee was president David Hopkins. But Hopkins stepped down from the president's office in March 2017. He stepped down to become a professor of kinesiology and health, but never taught any classes before resigning this year. He was paid $422,433 last year.
Wright State’s 10 highest-paid employees last year were:
1. Margaret Dunn, Dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine: $518,199
2. Scott Nagy, men’s basketball coach: $502,719
3. David Hopkins, professor and former WSU president: $422,433
4. Glen Solomon, professor and chair of internal medicine: $415,953
5. Mary McCarthy, professor of surgery: $414,555
6. Timothy Broderick, Wright State Research Institute chief scientist: $414,099
7. Thomas Sudkamp, provost: $345,470
8. Amit Sheth, professor of computer science: $332,811
9. Jeffrey Travers, professor and chair, pharmacology and toxicology: $302,099
10. Robert Fyffe, professor of neuroscience: $301,333
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