LSU Law Center paying six figures to non-teaching official
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been required to foot more than $130,000 in faculty salary and benefits for LSU System Office General Counsel Ray Lamonica, even though he hasn't taught a class since 2005, LSU student newspaper The Daily Reveille reports. Lamonica's situation partially illustrates how system President John Lombardi has expanded the bureaucracy of the LSU System Office—which employed 38 people in 2002 and swelled to nearly 60 employees by 2012—in spite of decreases in state funding. The growing number of positions, including 19 executives making six-figure salaries, has been accommodated through administrative assessment fees to the 12 campuses currently overseen by the LSU System and by "other self-generated income" and "direct-cost reimbursement." Lamonica says that following Hurricane Katrina he was "needed full-time in the LSU System Office to address the extraordinary legal issues" and "therefore … discontinued teaching at the Law Center." He continues to be listed as a tenured faculty member on the law school's website, but all involved acknowledge he has not taught a class since leaving for his current position seven years ago. Lamonica's faculty salary has not only remained on the books, but was increased by $10,000 in 2008—part of a general salary increase for law school personnel—under orders from the System Office, Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss confirms. Currently, 37% of Lamonica's $275,000 annual LSU System salary comes from the law school's payroll. The law school also pays approximately $30,000 of his $72,000 annual benefits package. Read the full story here.
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