NAU President Haeger gets $30K for 3 of 10 goals

2013-09-27T05:10:00Z NAU President Haeger gets $30K for 3 of 10 goalsBy MICHELLE McMANIMON Sun Staff Reporter Arizona Daily Sun
September 27, 2013 5:10 am  • 

With only three goals met out of 10, it wasn’t exactly a passing score.

But Northern Arizona University President John Haeger will receive a $30,000 bonus nevertheless for his performance during the past three years.

The payment was approved Thursday by the Arizona Board of Regents at its meeting in Flagstaff.

In addition, Haeger, who earns $462,000 a year with expense allowances, will be eligible for a performance bonus of up to $25,000 for the 2013-14 school year.

That brings him in line with the presidents of UA and ASU.

In addition, Haeger can earn $60,000 in multiple-year performance incentives for NAU and $50,000 more for the state university system as a whole.

His performance in those areas will not be evaluated until after he steps down as NAU’s president in 2015.

ABOR evaluated Haeger’s performance on the 10 goals in his 2010-2013 contract in June. The three goals Haeger met were for increases in degrees by underrepresented students and students in clinical allied health programs, and in replacing or renovating substandard buildings.

Goals he did not meet included overall enrollment, community campus enrollment, transfer students, the six-year graduation rate, research spending, fundraising and raising faculty/staff salaries.

On top of the performance incentive payout, Haeger will get more money for his living expenses. The regents voted Thursday to amend Haeger’s contract to increase his annual housing allowance from $50,000 to $70,000.

Individual performance incentives were already included in the 2012-13 contracts for Arizona State University President Michael Crow and University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart. The Regents awarded $25,000 each to Crow and Hart for achieving their annual performance incentive goals.

All the state university presidents will receive a performance incentive of $15,000 for 2012-13 for working together as the Enterprise Executive Committee. The collective goals included updating the strategic plan for the state university system to help meet the Regents’ 2020 goals, demonstrating a strong working relationship between all the presidents, and providing a strategic plan to help the university system control health care costs. ABOR voted Thursday to make the same Enterprise Executive Committee incentives available for this school year.

Last year, ABOR renewed Haeger’s three-year contract for another three years at a base salary of $348,000. With allowances and other benefits, his total annual compensation is $462,000, the same terms as in his previous contract.

Haeger, who has served as NAU’s president for nearly 12 years, announced earlier this month that he will not return to the position after his current three-year contract expires in June 2015.

On Thursday, ABOR approved a set of guidelines for conducting the search for Haeger’s replacement. The key components include publishing a request for a proposal to find a consulting group to assist in the search and setting up a website where the public can follow the process.

ABOR Chairman Rick Myers announced at Thursday’s meeting that the search committee will work closely with Haeger to select a new NAU president. The official search is expected to begin in 2014.

Michelle McManimon can be reached at MMcManimon@azdailysun.com or 556-2261.

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  1. DanFrazier
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    DanFrazier - September 27, 2013 10:42 am
    Will someone tell me why Haeger is paid more than Obama? How is it possible that NAU has not met enrollment targets when it has its largest enrollment in history, and has added something like 9,000 students in the last decade? What about goals like making sure tuition costs are affordable? Making sure students can get jobs and recoup the cost of their education when they graduate? Making sure the university contributes to the community, and is not just a ever-growing cancer consuming everything.
  2. Fromthemiddle
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    Fromthemiddle - September 27, 2013 10:25 am
    And on a similar note, NAU employees parking and Health care costs will increase and kids tuition will go up. When your annual housing allowance is higher then the average annual salary of NAU employees that's a problem. As Tom Petty says "It's good to be King".
  3. White Lightning
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    White Lightning - September 27, 2013 9:49 am
    ...and why does someone making a base salary of $348,000 per year need a $70,000/year housing allownace? I can swallow performance bonuses, but completely disagree with allowances for housing, vehicle, etc. for this type of professional while students struggle to pay tuition.
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