Top Clemson officials receive salary bumps

Tillman Hall at Clemson University.

Several top administrators and football staff with Clemson University received salary increases Friday after the school’s board of trustees unanimously approved them.

Provost Bob Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Lee Gill, and Vice President of University Relations Mark Land all received salary increases, along with 15 assistant coaches and football staff.

Jones received a 15 percent increase, putting his salary at $374,023; Gill received a 9 percent increase, making his salary $202,500; and Land received a 7.8 percent increase, earning him $235,000 annually.

The raises for the football staff amount to $845,500 total. Assistant coaches Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott both received raises of $150,000, putting each of their base salaries at $1 million. They are the highest-paid assistant coaches at the university under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who earns a base salary of $2.2 million annually, plus retention bonuses.

Todd Bates, defensive line coach for the football team, received a 25 percent raise — the highest percent raise in relation to salary — putting him at a base salary of $375,000.

IPTAY CEO David Babb also received a raise of 16.7 percent and a contract renewal for five years. Land said Babb will also receive a 2 percent raise for the last three years of his current contract. The raise puts Babb’s base salary at $300,000.

The raises come just one month after Clemson won the National Championship for the second time in three years.

Clemson University President Jim Clements told board members the national recognition has boosted the university’s name recognition and has attracted students and staff.

Clements said a survey of last year’s accepted students showed 54 percent of them first heard about the university through athletic events.

The university has had 28,000 applications so far for the 2019-20 school year and is on target to enroll 3,800 first-time freshmen in the fall, Clements said, which would be the school’s largest freshman class.

“The value of a Clemson degree has never been higher,” Clements said.


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