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(Tribune file photo) Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham
U. of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham highest paid higher education employee
First Published Jul 10 2013 08:29 pm • Last Updated Jul 11 2013 01:53 pm

The highest paid employees on Utah’s university campuses are not always professors or presidents.

They’re coaches.

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At the University of Utah, head football coach Kyle Whittingham drew the biggest paycheck, with a $1.78 million salary in the 2012 fiscal year, the most current year for which data was available.

The salary data came from the Utah Transparency website, which gathers the information from the institutions.

Whittingham was not the only coach who was making more than the faculty or administration. Stewart Morrill, Utah State University’s men’s basketball coach was paid $472,030.04, making him the highest-paid Aggie on campus.

Randy Rahe, Weber State’s men’s basketball coach’s $283,056.31 salary made him the highest-paid employee on the Ogden campus.

However, the presidents of Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley University, Snow College, Salt Lake Community College and three of the state’s technical colleges were the highest-paid employees at their institutions. Southern Utah University’s Michael T. Benson was the highest-paid in that group, with a salary of $208,881.97.

At the bottom of the scale, Dana L. Miller, president of the Southwest Applied Technology College received a salary of $108,006 in 2012.

The data were compiled by UtahsRight.com for a weekly series in The Salt Lake Tribune highlighting information gleaned from public databases. The purpose is not to provide analysis of the data, but to provide raw numbers so the public can analyze the data themselves for their own purposes.

UtahsRight.com, the data website for The Salt Lake Tribune, conducts an ongoing statewide quest for district court information and other public information, including salaries of public employees and restaurant inspections, using public records requests made under the state’s Government Records Access and Management Act, commonly known as GRAMA.


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