Six-Figure Adjunct Salary ... for Key State Senator

October 12, 2009

The College of William and Mary gave a state senator, Tommy Norment, an appointment teaching two courses a year, for $160,000; six months later he sponsored spending measures worth $20 million for the college, The Virginian-Pilot reported. College officials and Norment defended the appointment, saying he was providing good learning opportunities for students, and that his legislative work was not related to his college pay. William and Mary also said that the pay compensated Norment for legal advice he provides to the college. Another Virginia legislator in August quit a job at Old Dominion University. In that case, the lawmaker and the university first denied any link between his having led the effort to obtain funds for a new teaching center and then being hired to lead the center. He quit after The Daily Press revealed e-mails between the legislator and the college -- before the legislation passed -- that discussed his interest in a job there.

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