By JEROD CLAPP
NEW ALBANY —
After a year of leave while drawing her full salary, IU Southeast’s retiring chancellor will return to the school as a faculty member, making most of her current earnings.
Sandra Patterson-Randles, who announced her earlier-than-expected retirement last week, makes $206,403 annually. She’ll take one year of leave, then return as a faculty member for about $171,995 a year under a practice that was in place for top IU administrators when she was hired in 2002.
Mark Land, associate vice president for public affairs and government relations for IU, said when Patterson-Randles was hired, administrators were allowed to retire from their positions, then come back as faculty members at 10/12ths of their administrative salary.
He said the numbers work out to 10/12ths because the university would pay her 10 months of the year.
Land said the practice was stopped for administrators hired in 2005 and after, but administrators who were hired before that were grandfathered in with the practice.
“It was a practice we had in place and stopped a few years back,” Land said. “But for anyone who was hired when we were doing that, we’re going to live up to our terms. It’s no different than different employees having certain retirement benefits available to them depending on when they were hired.”
Patterson-Randles was not available for comment by press time.
She would likely teach in the English department at IU Southeast upon her return as a faculty member. According to information on an IU database, salaries for full-time professors in English, excluding lecturers, average about $71,672.
The salaries for those positions range from $51,223 to $118,000. The highest salary represents a professor who is a part-time administrator.
Patterson-Randles will retire after June 30. She was expected to retire on June 30, 2014, but cited family health issues as the cause of her decision to leave earlier.
Another chancellor at IU South Bend, Una Mae Reck, was hired the same year as Patterson-Randles and will retire at the same time, according to news articles in the South Bend Tribune. Reck has the same retirement plans as Patterson-Randles and will also make 10/12ths of her salary when she becomes a faculty member on her campus.