March 10, 2016
James McNair, KY Center for Investigative Reporting
Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky's state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college's foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.
The 2014 "incentive plan," obtained through a public records request to the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, was intended to reward G. Edward Hughes for his "efforts, abilities and accomplishments" during 14 years as president of Gateway Community & Technical College. His regular base salary was $177,463 a year, with an "allowance" of up to $22,000 more.
Hughes' supplemental pay from the nonprofit Gateway Foundation was never made public until now, and it is drawing criticism amid community college budget cuts, belt-tightening and declining enrollment...