MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Ball State University officials say the high salary that put school president Jo Ann Gora among the country's highest-paid public college leaders wasn't typical.
The survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education lists Gora's 2011-12 compensation of nearly $985,000 as the fifth highest nationally and far ahead of the presidents at Indiana and Purdue universities.
Gora's pay for that year included some $500,000 in deferred compensation and incentives on top of her base salary of about $430,000.
University spokesman Tony Proudfoot tells The Star Press Gora's pay has averaged about $436,000 over her nine years as president.
Board of Trustees president Hollis Hughes Jr. tells The Indianapolis Star that Ball State isn't overpaying Gora and that her salary last year was an unusual circumstance.
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