State Releases Employee Salary Database

DES MOINES, Iowa - An $800,000 buyout payment kept former University of Iowa men's basketball coach Todd Lickliter No. 2 in state salaries, behind U of I's head football coach Kirk Ferentz, despite Lickliter being fired nine months into the fiscal year. Lickliter, who was paid $1.7 million for the year that ended June 30, is among nearly 60,000 state employees whose salaries were made public Monday as part of the state's annual salary book. The top 20 has the usual cast: university coaches, athletic directors and UI medical specialists. All are men. "One of the things to keep in mind is that none of the coaches or athletic director are paid with taxpayer money," said UI Spokesman Tom Moore. "That is largely the case for the physicians. The vast majority of their salaries are self-generated from patient revenue or research." Ferentz, who was paid a $3.29 million salary in fiscal 2010, is not only the top earner among Iowa state workers, but one of the highest-paid college football coaches in the nation. His new contract pays him $3.675 million a year in guaranteed compensation that escales to $3.875 million through 2020. The UI bought out Lickliter's contract for $2.4 million to be paid in three installments, the first of which was made 30 days after he was fired in March. His other installments will be paid on June 30 of 2011 and 2012. Iowa's public universities and schools for the deaf and blind make up about two-thirds of the state salary database. This portion of the database includes students who work at the universities. Among big earners for fiscal 2010 is Gary Hunninghake, a UI researcher who has been on paid leave since April 23, when Chicago police reported he stabbed himself and blamed it on thugs. Hunninghake, who ranked 65 in state pay, was paid $361,943 in fiscal 2010. The director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science will go to trial in December for felony disorderly conduct, based on allegations he filed a false police report. Top 10 State Salaries for Fiscal 2010.: -Kirk Ferentz, UI head football coach $3.29 million -Todd Lickliter, former UI head men's basketball coach $1.7 million -Paul Rhoads, Iowa State University head football coach $1 million -Greg McDermott, former ISU head men's basketball coach $714,600 -Mark Lannettoni, UI professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery $706,443 -Alan Reed, UI surgery professor and director of the Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery $685,929 -James Davis, UI professor, department of Cardiothoracic Surgery $651,312 -Gary Barta, UI Athletics Director $622,383 -Kirk Fridrich, UI professor and head of the Hospital Dentistry Institute $588,458 -Matthew Howard, UI professor and head of the Department of Neurosurgery $571,155
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