Professors at U. of Michigan Question Administrators’ Extra Pay

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Among the officials at the U. of Michigan who received extra pay were (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Wilbanks, Ronald Zernicke, Rowan Miranda, and Laura Patterson.

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Among the officials at the U. of Michigan who received extra pay were (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Wilbanks, Ronald Zernicke, Rowan Miranda, and Laura Patterson.

Nine years ago, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor spent less than $13-million annually on a handful of "additional pay" categories that reward employees for meeting performance goals or taking on duties outside their job descriptions. By last year that sum—which is undisclosed on the university’s published list of salaries—had ballooned to more than $46-million and included individual premiums worth tens of thousands of dollars to a few top-tier administrators, deans,