Joel Maturi's compensation package puts U of M's future state funding at risk

Two legislators who serve on higher education committees warn school leaders Maturi's pay could influence future budget decisions. Maturi will transition to his new role as a special assistant to university President Eric Kaler in July. The soon to be former athletic director will still earn more than $468,000 -- his same base salary plus benefits.
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Two legislators who serve on higher education committees warn school leaders Maturi's pay could influence future budget decisions. Maturi will transition to his new role as a special assistant to university President Eric Kaler in July. The soon to be former athletic director will still earn more than $468,000 -- his same base salary plus benefits.

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