Updated: September 26, 2013 11:20PM
MUNCIE (AP) — 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 Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved increasing President Jo Ann Gora’s base salary from $431,244 to $446,338.
“Obviously, we find this university is a better place for her being here and we feel an increase in compensation is appropriate, and that increase is in line with the amount set aside for faculty,” board President Hollis Hughes told The Star Press.
Hughes said Gora has done outstanding work with the state Legislature and donors since becoming president of the 18,000-student university in 2004.
Board members on Wednesday praised Gora’s work in raising $2.2 million for the school’s new Charles Brown Planetarium — for which a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next week.
Gora’s pay came under question after a survey the Chronicle of Higher Education published in May 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.