Kentucky Community College Faculty, Staff Ask President Emeritus to Decline Pay
Upset that retired Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael McCall is taking a $324,000 consulting fee when the system has been running in the red, its professors and staff members are asking him to decline the money.
McCall retired Jan. 15 after running the statewide system more than 16 years. Well before that, though, the KCTCS Board of Regents granted him a contract paying him his last base salary to serve one year as president emeritus. McCall would serve as an adviser to his successor, Jay Box, and help build leadership-development programs.
But the system’s Kentucky Faculty/Staff Alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers union, called the deal “fiscally irresponsible.” The system finished each of McCall’s last three years with a financial deficit, and union leaders stress that tuition has been raised and teacher raises have been small.
“Further, it (the McCall deal) is an unwarranted drain on resources when many KCTCS colleges have had to cut budgets, programs and personnel in recent years,” states the union’s resolution.
The resolution was to be sent to Box. It also asks that the Board of Regents “encourage” McCall to decline an emeritus paycheck.
A KCTCS spokeswoman could not be reached for comment Friday.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting asked many of the public colleges in Kentucky if they pay their former presidents for emeritus duty. None of those do, including the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.
Reporter James McNair can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (502) 815-6543.