The University of California system paid former president Mark Yudof $546,000 in 2014 – the year after he stepped down from his post, according to salary data released by the system this week.
Yudof was president of the system for five years before resigning in fall 2013 to become a law professor at UC Berkeley. He co-instructed one class at UC Berkeley for one semester in 2014, according to a faculty profile page on Berkeley’s web site. The class met once per week for three hours.
Yudof was replaced by Janet Napolitano, former secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and governor of Arizona, as UC president.
UC spokesman Steve Montiel said in an email that Yudof “continued to receive his presidential salary for 12 months after stepping down at the end of September 2013, under terms of his contract.”
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Yudof confirmed that account in an email, saying, “for 2013-14, I was receiving my UCOP compensation for a leave to prepare to re-enter teaching. This is the typical arrangement for presidents and chancellors who leave administration and prepare to begin teaching again.” Yudof said he also received pay for his teaching at Berkeley. He declined further comment.
UC executive compensation has been a hot topic for years. The debate recently heated up again as UC officials this year threatened to raise tuition if the state did not budget more money to the system. Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, introduced a bill shortly afterward that would have capped compensation for any UC employee at $500,000.
Yudof was one of 445 UC employees earning more than $500,000 last year, according to the new data. The year prior, 387 UC employees made that much.
The vast majority of UC employees earning more than $500,000 a year are doctors or administrators at UC hospitals, or coaches for major UC athletic teams.