My dear alma mater, University of Georgia, has an enrollment of above 35,000 students and a payroll of over 10,000 employees. The head guy, Michael Adams, makes around $650,000 per year.
My friend David Montoya, who prefers the third person designation of Spiritual Samurai, notes that the president of Dallas Baptist University, a private school with an enrollment somewhere around 5,000 students and 125 or so faculty, made around $850,000 for the most recent year. It may be that his annual compensation is much less. Perhaps he was given a house or something after years of tenure. Details haven't been made public. Sensible Texas Baptists have defended DBU's pay for their CEO. Fair enough.
UGA gets some of my tax dollars, so I have a monetary interest in Adams. DBU doesn’t so I’m just an outside observer for whatever happens there.
Check the comment stream, people like Montoya and myself are invariably criticized for even asking about the compensation of our Southern Baptist entity employees. “None of your business” we’re told.
Well...sez who? Why isn't it our business?
I don’t hear anyone making a good argument against Baptists being open and transparent about what we pay our people.
Who would be harmed if full disclosure, like public corporations and universities, were the rule? Would our CEOs be harmed? The only way I can see that they would be harmed is if they were grossly overpaid, an assumption I have never made about any of our SBC people.
[Slightly edited by William]