Georgia public university presidents get $5,000 pay rise

There is a large gap between these four presidents and the next highest-paid presidents in the system. Georgia Southern University President Kyle Marrero and Kennesaw State University President Kathy Schwaig are next with $490,000. Both schools are designated by the system as full universities rather than research universities.

The 19 other system presidents earn between $246,120 and $365,400.

The new salaries take effect on July 1 for most presidents.

Regents on Tuesday named Mike Hobbs the sole finalist for the Georgia Highlands College presidential nomination. He is vice president of student affairs and athletic director at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Georgia lawmakers earlier this year approved a $5,000 cost of living increase for most state employees, including those in the university system.

Regents have not approved increases for the past two years as many students and their families have struggled to pay tuition and other college expenses during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presidential Salaries and Compensation

Brooks Keel, University of Augusta: $1,204,300

Angel Cabrera, Georgia Tech: $980,000

M.Brian Blake, Georgia State University: $955,000

Jere Morehead, University of Georgia: $916,729

Kyle Marrero, Georgia Southern University: $490,000

Kathy Schwaig, Kennesaw State University: $490,000

Source: Georgia University System.

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