Coaches among Pitt's highest-paid employees

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A University of Pittsburgh tax filing shows that basketball coach Jamie Dixon and two other athletics personnel are among Pitt's five highest paid non-officer employees, and that six relatives of Pitt leaders are on the school's payroll.

The tax data that Pitt is required to file with the federal government appeared on Thursday in the University Times, which is published by Pitt, and was confirmed as accurate by a spokeswoman for the university.

The data on Pitt's Internal Revenue Service form 990 generally covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, but the pay data was for calendar year 2008.


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The report says Mr. Dixon, head basketball coach, was the highest paid with $1,389,951 in total earnings, including $629,792 in base pay; $603,000 in bonus and incentive income as well as other compensation, some deferred.

The rest of the top five included:

• Head football coach Dave Wannstedt. His total compensation was $1,010,873, including $495,440 in base pay; $450,000 in bonus and/or incentive compensation and other income.

• Ronald B. Herberman, professor of medicine and associate vice chancellor for cancer research, health sciences. His earnings totaled $670,614, including $587,239 in base pay as well as deferred and other compensation.

• Steve Pederson, athletics director. His earnings totaled $473,232, including $434,177 in base pay as well as deferred and other compensation.

• Donald S. Burke, associate vice chancellor for global health and graduate school of public health dean, who received $448,421, including $417,908 in base pay and deferred and other compensation.

The IRS filing now requires listing the employees who are relatives of an organization's officers or other leaders. The University Times listed earnings of six individuals who are children or spouses of Pitt administrators or trustees, including:

• A total $56,109 for public safety work paid to Joshua Cochran and $18,359 for property management work paid to Lindsay Cochran, who respectively are son and daughter-in-law of Executive Vice Chancellor Jerome Cochran.

• A total of $212,707 paid to Anita P. Courcoulas of the Department of Surgery, spouse of trustee Ira Gumberg.

• A total of $34,911 paid to Mary Jean A. Lovett of alumni relations, spouse of trustee Robert G. Lovett.

• A total $50,612 to Erin Nordenberg of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and $24,807 to Michael Nordenberg of Human Resources, who are respectively the daughter and son of Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.

Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said the six family members are campus employees "whose qualifications are appropriate for their Pitt positions."


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


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