Thursday, April 7, 2011


Virginia Tech President Steger’s annual salary is $748,892.00. This is a man who is being sued for gross negligence, who is about as inspiring as a turnip, and who completely bungled the April 16, 2007 tragedy. Governor McDonnell, what happened to merit pay and pay for quality of work?

Steger’s pay includes $479,842 in salary (including a $22,852 bonus), $245,000 from deferred compensation and a $20,000 car allowance.

Tech spokesperson, Larry Hincker, justified the princely sum by saying Steger has held he position for 12 years, making him one of the senior heads of a major university. Hincker made no reference to quality of leadership, and pretended that April 16th never happened. Hincker did say that under Steger, Tech’s research budget has nearly doubled. Clearly Hincker puts money ahead of other leadership traits such as respect for human life and crisis management.

Hincker did not mention that under Steger’s administration the school has been found in violation of federal law in connection with the April 16, 2007 massacre and fined over $50,000. He also did not mention that a judge has ruled there is enough evidence of gross negligence against Steger to allow a lawsuit to go forward in connection with the shooting.

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