Former Chattanooga State Community College President Jim Catanzaro quietly awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional compensation to select professors and administrators and the practice remains in effect, reports the Times-Free Press.
Stipends are a common practice for colleges and school systems, which often pay teachers more for coaching, sponsoring clubs or taking on other additional duties. Those stipends exist at Chattanooga State, but much of the college’s $400,000 in stipends is going to those at the top — sometimes to executives already making six-digit salaries.
Catanzaro resigned in December amid a scandal surrounding his hiring of Chief Innovations Officer Lisa Haynes, who herself had received an $18,000 stipend on top of a base salary of $90,000.
The Times Free Press received a list of the stipends under the state’s open records act.
Altogether, the college was budgeted to spend about $408,000 this year on stipends for the faculty, staff and administration, including:
* Jim Barrott, vice president of technology and technical college director, who receives $22,800 on top of his annual salary of $116,316 for supervising the college’s engineering division, business division and computer center.
* Executive Vice President for Business and Finance Tammy Swenson, who receives an extra $12,000 annually for undefined “additional duties” on top of her $128,430 salary.
* Basketball coach Jay Price, who receives an extra $24,896 in annual stipends on top of his $63,312 salary.
* Baseball coach Greg Dennis, whose $63,383 salary is boosted by an extra $26,000 — $21,000 of which is compensation for field maintenance and fundraising efforts.
…Chattanooga State interim President Fannie Hewlett said she’s looking into all stipends and expects to end some of them as contracts expire this summer. The college is searching for a permanent president, who likely will take over sometime in the summer.