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Penn State Revises Right-to-Know Report, Discloses New Salary Data

on June 11, 2010 8:26 AM

A revised Right-to-Know report filed by Penn State today has disclosed the compensation of Sandra Spanier, spouse of university President Graham Spanier, and Michele Kirsch, spouse of Senior Vice President for Development Rodney Kirsch.

Sandra Spanier earned $126,813 during fiscal year 2009 in her role as a Penn State professor of English, according to the disclosure.

That compensation included $27,939 from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. She received the grant for her work as general editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, Penn State reported.

The average salary for a full-time professor in the university's College of the Liberal Arts was $124,316 during the 2008 fiscal year, according to recently released Penn State data. Sandra Spanier works in the liberal-arts college.

Meanwhile, Michele Kirsch earned $83,171 from Penn State during fiscal year 2009. She is director of operations for the Schreyer Honors College.

The annual, 63-page Right-to-Know report, required under state law, discloses a variety of Penn State financial data. Among other requirements, the university is expected to report the compensation of employees who are family members of key executives at the institution -- but only when their compensation reaches specific thresholds.

Penn State did not include Sandra Spanier's and Michele Kirsch's compensation as part of its initial Right-to-Know report for 2009, filed last month. It revised and expanded the filing this week after an additional review by a tax consultant, university spokesman Geoff Rushton has said.

Graham Spanier had $683,610 in reportable compensation from the university, including a $620,000 base salary, for fiscal year 2009, according to Penn State.

Rod Kirsch, who oversees development and fundraising, had reportable compensation of $336,060 from Penn State, the university reported.

Earlier coverage: Penn State Will Expand Its Transparency Report, Spokesman Says

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