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199 of Arizona's 200 Top-Paid Officials Work in Higher Ed

June 14, 2019

A database of salaries of 154,000 state employees published by The Arizona Republic shows that public university coaches, medical school professors and presidents fill the list of those with the 10 highest salaries. But you have to dig far deeper into the list before you find anyone who doesn't work at a college or university: the first non-higher education employee to appear on the list is the city manager of Phoenix, at an annual salary of $314,000. By that point the list has touched many deans, some number of professors and lots more coaches at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, plus a small handful of community college chancellors.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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