The admission coordinator for the University of Texas at Austin is now the highest-paid employee in the college’s admissions department, with an annual salary of $20,500.
According to a new study from the nonprofit group Center for Responsive Politics, the director of admissions for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Texas, Laura E. Rolfe, earned $20.8 million in salary, pension, and stock options last year, bringing her total compensation to $30 million.
That’s just for this year, however, Rolfes compensation is expected to increase as her tenure with the school ends.
The report also found that the director’s pay was actually higher than the average director at the University.
“In the last fiscal year, the average college director earned a base salary of nearly $23 million, but Rolfa earned an additional $15.9 million after benefits, stock options, and other stock-based compensation were factored in,” the report reads.
“This raises her total pay to $40 million, a significant amount of increase from her $23.9 salary.”
The data from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIRP) is a compilation of public documents and private contracts obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
It breaks down salaries by state, as well as by state and local departments, and by the number of employees who work for them.
It also compares that data to other public data.
For example, it found that in 2018, the College’s director of admission made a total of $18.895 million in total compensation, more than triple the average, $13.9 billion compensation of all college directors, according to the CIRP.
That includes bonuses, stock awards, and deferred compensation.
Rolfe has earned a total $16.7 million in annual compensation since taking on the role in 2014, the report notes.
That’s a record for the director position, surpassing the $11.1 million that former Texas A&m president and chancellor Robert Powers earned in that position.
Ralfe also received $10.3 million in stock awards and $1.7 in deferred compensation in 2017, the year that he left A&M.
That year, he was paid $17.9m, the most in the university’s history.
In 2016, the Texas Education Agency released the most comprehensive accounting of college admissions, estimating that the average annual compensation of college admission directors was $18,500, or about $20 million less than the national average.
In that same year, Texas A &m’s college director made $20.,000 more, the agency said.
In the years before her tenure as director of the College, Ralfes compensation was more modest, at about $11 million.
She made about $9 million from her job at A&am, and another $2.6 million from the university, the largest difference between the average compensation of the position she held and that of other directors, the CIP report said.
That data suggests that while she has made substantial pay raises, the number has been much smaller than the amount of salary she received in her position at A &am.
That makes her pay appear a lot more in line with other directors in the College.
In 2017, for example, the college paid the director who was responsible for the Texas campus in Austin more than $14 million in deferred pay and stock awards.
The director also made a $1 million bonus, and the college received another $1 in deferred and stock compensation, according the Cip report.
That same year was also the year when Rolfs salary was nearly $15 million higher than that of all other directors at AAM.