Enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is down to its lowest level in five years, and tuition revenue and state funding are at eight-year lows.
Tuition is going up and spending cuts are well underway.
The colleges, especially over the past six years, have had to tighten their belts both on the personnel and operating expense side, said KCTCS chief finance officer, Ken Walker.
One personnel expense that wasnt tightened, though, is that of KCTCS President Michael McCall.
McCall, 66, one of the highest-paid community college system administrators in the nation, received total compensation of $641,699 in 2013. It included a $317,962 base salary, a $78,509 bonus and a $90,000 housing allowance. He also receives an automobile allowance of $3,600 a month, or $43,200 a year. All with taxpayers and students dollars.
McCalls 16-year career at the systems helm will end with his retirement next January, but he will still get a paycheck.
A 16-month-old document obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting shows that he will become president emeritus for one year and draw his final base salary, or $324,321 after a recent 2 percent raise. To earn it, he shall perform duties as requested by his successor.