Northern State University President Timothy Downs will not get to throw out the first ball at the new Dacotah Bank Stadium next fall. The Board of Regents announced yesterday that Downs is resigning from the NSU presidency “to pursue a new opportunity in higher education.”
Whatever that new opportunity, it must be coming up fast. Downs appears to be out immediately: the Aberdeen American News reports behind its paywall that VP for finance and administration Veronica Paulson “has been appointed acting president.”
Northern currently offers the lowest presidential pay of the six public university campi in South Dakota:
|Dean, Sanford School of Medicine||$600,000.00|
|State Investment Officer **||$495,687.36|
|President, South Dakota State University *||$390,948.00|
|President, University of South Dakota *||$390,948.00|
|President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology *||$358,176.00|
|Executive Director, Board of Regents||$320,000.00|
|President, Dakota State University *||$287,000.00|
|President, Black Hills State University *||$270,000.00|
|President, Northern State University *||$260,852.00|
|Superintendent, South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired||$183,348.00|
|* Housing provided **Including performance bonuses|
Nonetheless, the NSU presidency is among the top ten best paying state jobs in South Dakota and the last state executive position above $200K. Downs was making more than twice as much as the Governor (and doing at least twice as much actual work for South Dakota, so, fair’s fair). Like the Governor, our university presidents also get housing on our tab.
So if you’ve got management and legislator-butt-kissing chops and can settle for a salary under $300K, Northern has a spot for you!