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Highest Public Pay: Coaches In Most States, Med School Chief In Mass.

Infographic by Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin.com, reposted with permission.

Infographic by Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin.com, reposted with permission.

I’ve never been prouder to be from a blue state. And by blue, I mean a state whose highest-paid public employee is not a football coach. Or a basketball coach, either.

I first came across this gorgeous infographic on a site called Addicting Info under the headline “Everything Wrong With America In One Simple Image.” It credited the map to “America The Stupid courtesy of WTHR TV,” but the WTHR folks pointed me to Deadspin.com, where Reuben Fischer-Baum actually created it here. The Deadspinners kindly permitted us to re-post it.

Readers, even sports-crazed Boston readers, really, do you think this national state of affairs is right?

As you compose your answer, I have a second point to discuss. Naturally, from my provincial Massachusetts point of view, I was curious about our state’s entry for the highest-paid public employee, “Med school chancellor.”

It took about one minute to find this year’s Boston Globe story on the list of top public-salary earners, including this:

The University of Massachusetts dominated the list of state employees who made more than $100,000 last year, with 49 of the top 50 spots held by doctors, administrators, and coaches.

At $784,468, the top 2012 salary ­belonged to Michael F. Collins, who holds dual roles in the university, as chancellor of the medical school and ­senior vice president for health sciences at the university. He was also the state’s highest paid employee in 2011.

For the second year in a row, the number two salary went to Terence R. Flotte, the medical school’s dean, who was paid $712,041. Continue reading