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It looks like the folks in the Commonwealth of Virginia haven’t been reading much about the scandal surrounding Mary Easley’s 88 percent pay hike from N.C. State in 2005, which brought her annual salary to $170,000.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the College of William and Mary pays current Republican state Senator Tommy Norment $160,000 for teaching two courses as a part-time faculty member.

Norment is the Senate Minority Leader and the senior member of the Finance Committee that writes the budget and determines the funding for public universities like William and Mary.

College officials and Norment don’t see anything wrong wth the arrangement, saying his work in the legislature doesn’t have anything to do with his pay and that he provides good learning opportunities for students.

The latter is certainly true. They are definitely learning how money and politics work.

2 Comments


  1. Alex

    October 12, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Having grown up in the Old Dominion, I can assure you North Carolina Politics are down right tame in comparison. I had to explain to my husband why the bank holiday was Lee, Jackson, King.

  2. Sherry

    October 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    It was not the amount of money nor her experience that were in question….it was the favoritism due to her position and the way in which the administration handled the whole ordeal – not holding an open search, giving a raise and then justifying it. Apparently, W&M said, we want him and will pay him this much. Not as transparent with the Easley’s….as fallout is still happening.

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