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Top 10 highest UB-paid salaries

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Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 00:09


***The above salaries do not include any funds or compensations from the UB Foundation or other outside sources.

UB is directly paying $15,000 more to Provost Charles Zukoski than President Satish Tripathi. But annually, Tripathi is actually taking home more money than the provost.

Tripathi, on top of his base salary of $385,000, also receives $115,000 per year from the SUNY Research Foundation and $150,000 from the UB Foundation (UBF), according to a UB press release issued when Triapthi was appointed president in 2011.

The Spectrum obtained the university salaries of UB’s top 10 highest paid employees, but many UB higher-ups receive supplemental compensation – which were not included in the numbers provided by the university – in addition to their annual salaries.

With the compensations, Tripathi’s take-home is higher than Zukoski’s, according to UB Spokesman John Della Contrada.

UBF, though associated with UB, is a private corporation that manages gifts to the university.

Tripathi isn’t the only UB administrator receiving monies in addition to his UB salary. Michael Cain, the dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has also received money from UBF on top of his base salary, which is $338,800 this year.

Cain received a “reportable compensation from the organization,” of $261,723, a “reportable compensation from related organizations” of $332,884 and an “estimated” amount of other compensations of $32,230 in 2011, according to a 2011 UBF 990 income tax form – the most recent public form available regarding UBF.

Another notable amount of compensations disclosed in the 2011 tax form went to John B. Simpson – university president from 2004-10 – who received $286,472 from the organization, $258,513 from related organizations and $36,972 in estimated compensations.

Cain was the only individual in UB’s 10 highest-ranking salaries to also receive disclosed amounts of money through UBF, based on the most recent tax form.

Della Contrada said he did not know if anyone on the top-10 list (shown above) other than Tripathi received supplemental compensations from UBF.

UBF is not subject to the New York State Information Law because it is a private organization.


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