LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas higher education chief Jim Purcell's 35 percent raise, from $135,000 a year to $185,000, was one of the largest handed out to state officials on July 1, according to state financial records.
Gov. Mike Beebe told lawmakers that the Higher Education Coordinating Board made a commitment to Purcell when he was hired that it would work to get his raise approved, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
But even larger raises went to some doctors at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, the records show. Dr. Rabii Madi, a surgeon and professor in the urology department at UAMS, received a raise of $138,000, according to the records, bringing his salary to $325,000. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com