Editor’s note: One of Civil Beat’s most popular features, the database of public employee salaries, is taking shape for the 2020 fiscal year, which began July 1. We update the salary database when new union contracts are signed and new budgets are put in place reflecting salary increases.
Unlike some states, Hawaii isn’t crazy enough about college football to make its head coach the top-paid public employee.
But Nick Rolovich does do well enough to be the third-highest-paid employee of the University of Hawaii system. He made a base salary of $425,004 last season and has a shot at several bonuses if the Rainbow Warriors perform well this season. In fact, he earned a $7,500 bonus Saturday when his team upset Arizona in the season opener.
Only two UH employees make more in base pay — UH Manoa medical school dean Jerris Hedges, $547,704, and law school dean Aviam Soifer, $427,344. Two years ago, Hedges made $534,849 and Soifer $416,256.
They are among 7,424 University of Hawaii employees statewide just added to the Civil Beat salary database. Six-figure salaries are earned by at least 1,639 of them, including 1,086 faculty members. Janitors and groundskeepers tend to be the lowest paid at a little over $40,000.
Since 2010, Civil Beat has been publishing databases with information about tens of thousands of public employees. Salaries are a major component of state and county budgets and we think it’s important for taxpayers to know how their money is being spent.
The UH system includes 10 universities and community colleges. Here’s a look at each of those schools, plus the statewide university and community college systems.
• The UH systemwide organization includes 485 employees in the database, and at least 48 of them earn salaries of at least $100,000. President David Lassner is the top paid at $395,004 (up from $375,000 two years ago).
Six vice-presidents come next, including Vassilis Syrmos, Research and Innovation, $256,452; Donald Straney, Academic Planning and Policy, $256,164; Kalbert Young, Budget and Finance, $245,400; Carrie Okinaga, Legal Affairs, $243,372; Jan Gouvela, Administration, $241,236; and Garret Yoshimi, Information Technology, $238,308.
Highest-paid is Erika Lynn Lacro, vice president for community colleges, at $220,008.
Other top earners include associate vice presidents Michael Unebasami, $201,060, and Peter Quigley, $169,512.
• The University of Hawaii Manoa is the flagship campus with 4,264 employees listed in the database. Of those, at least 1,285 earn six-figure salaries, including 879 faculty members.
After Hedges, Soifer and Rolovich, the highest paid are Randall Holcombe, research institute director, $420,996; Vernon Roley, business school dean, $404,568; and researchers Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, $366,480, and Michele Carbone, $365,520.
The top-paid faculty members are Virginia Hinshaw and Ralph Shohet, $365,520.