If you want to enjoy a generous salary in Old Dominion, teach a class.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, the highest paid government employees in Virginia are working in academia.
Eighty percent of the state's top earners work at a university or college.
At the top of the list is Michael Rao, president of Virginia Commonwealth University, who earns approximately $1 million annually.
Derryck Green of Project 21 doubts the news will generate much pushback from those on the left, who often complain about generous CEO salaries.
“And if there is,” he says of any complaints, “it will simply be a negotiating chip to get more, ‘university-funded organizations and departments’ on campus. That's generally a tradeoff."
A spokesperson justifies Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands' $775,000 annual salary by suggesting the school brings jobs and economic growth to the area.
Green says that should be left to others.
"In terms of trying to generate an economy,” he observes, “I think that's best left to the local politicians in that area to make the places a lot more attractive for business to come and set up shop."