Pitt coaches top chancellor's salary

Dixon, Wannstedt were highest earners, according to just released 2009 lRS filings


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University of Pittsburgh men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon received a $302,901 pay increase in 2009, bringing his total compensation to nearly $1.7 million, the highest of any Pitt employee that year, the school's newest tax filing shows.

The increase of about 22 percent is reflected in an Internal Revenue Service form 990 released Monday by the university. The data on the form generally covers the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, but pay data was for calendar year 2009.

Pitt officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees are included on the 990, which shows that three of the five top paid were in athletics.

The highest earnings listed on the form belonged to Mr. Dixon, who guides one of the nation's top college basketball programs. His total compensation of $1,692,852 included $694,453 in base pay, $838,500 in bonus and incentive compensation as well as other non-cash compensation, including earnings toward retirement and other deferred compensation.


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Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said Mr. Dixon has been an effective coach. He said the compensation listed is based on contractual agreements and includes income from Pitt and outside sources such as media appearances and endorsements.

"He has done well," Mr. Hill said. "His team has done well."

Others among the five highest paid listed on the document were:

• David Wannstedt, former head football coach, who saw his pay increase by $423,458 in 2009, according to the document. His total compensation that year of $1,434,331, included $546,587 in base pay, $825,000 in bonus and incentive compensation and other non-cash income including retirement and other deferred pay.

• Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of Pitt's school of medicine, whose total compensation of $803,707 included $698,679 in base pay and other non-cash income including retirement and other deferred compensation.

• Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, whose total compensation of $691,413 included base pay of $456,369, bonus and incentive compensation of $79,500 and other non-cash income including retirement and other deferred compensation.

• Athletic director Steve Pederson, whose total compensation of $599,807 included $444,160 in base pay, $112,500 in bonus and incentive compensation, and other non-cash income including retirement and other deferred compensation.

Sources told the Post-Gazette in January that new head football coach Todd Graham would earn nearly $2 million in total compensation a year, a figure disputed at the time by Pitt. It's unclear where Mr. Graham would rank relative to Mr. Dixon, whose pay this year has not been released by the university.

In keeping with an IRS requirement that the school list employees who are relatives of the organization's officers or other leaders, Pitt again this year listed several employees related to campus leaders and key employees.

Pitt also identified leaders, including trustees, with ties to outside entities that do or potentially have business with Pitt.

It noted, for instance, that Mr. Nordenberg serves on the board of Bank of New York Mellon. The firm, during the 990 reporting period, did $1,368,602 in banking services work for the university, primarily custodial arrangements, the university said.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1977.


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