UVI won't release Hall's new contract


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ST. THOMAS - University of the Virgin Islands board chairman Alex Moorhead is refusing to release UVI President David Hall's employment contracts, however, he did release a summary of what those contracts contain.

Moorhead said the board adopted a policy in March 2007 that allows broad access to documents and information. However, personnel records and other confidential employment records and information "would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" and are exempt from the policy, he said.

For Fiscal Year 2014, UVI received $28,869,749 in taxpayer money from the General Fund for operating expenses.

Hall's first five-year contract will expire in July, and the board recently voted to hire him for another five-year term.

On Monday, the board approved the new five-year contract for Hall, which will be in place from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2019.

Under the current contract, Hall earns $315,000 a year and is eligible for performance-based bonuses. He also receives a number of perks, including two houses, tuition for his daughter to attend private school and travel expenses for his wife to accompany him on one business trip a year.

Under the new contract, Hall will earn $350,000 and be eligible for performance bonuses. The tuition for his daughter has been dropped, but his wife will be able to accompany him on three business trips per year.

Moorhead told The Daily News on Wednesday that the bonus will be awarded if the board finds that Hall accomplished his goals and objectives for the year.

At the beginning of each year, Hall gives the board a list of proposed goals for the coming year. The board agrees to it, and then reviews his performance at the end of the year.

"It can be anything that he proposes, in accordance with the strategic plan," Moorhead said.

He said bonus amounts are not assigned to individual targets, such as enrollment or fundraising.

"The bonus amounts begin with the board and president establishing the maximum bonus that can be achieved in the year," Moorhead said.

When asked for the maximum bonus amount for the current year, Moorhead said: "It hasn't been set yet. It's done at the beginning of each contract year."

After Hall's first year at UVI, the board voted to award him a $25,000 bonus for meeting his goals, Moorhead said. The $25,000 was the maximum amount for the bonus that year, he said.

"And there has been no subsequent bonus paid because in the judgment of the board, we did not have the funds to do that," Moorhead said.

He said if the funds had been available, Hall would have received additional performance bonuses.

"His performance was really exceptional," he said.

According to Moorhead's summary, Hall is entitled to a one-year sabbatical at the end of his term, during which he will collect his president's salary. He also is eligible for relocation expenses when he leaves the territory.

A new item in the second contract is a fundraising provision.

In signing the employment contract, Hall agrees to raise $22.5 million during the next five years, to be made up of gifts to the university of $100,000 or more. The donations must be solicited by him or be the direct result of an initiative or program of his creation, Moorhead said.

"We expect he will provide a report each year," he said.

The university typically generates about $2 million in donations and large gifts annually, according to Moorhead.

He clarified that the $22.5 million cannot come from existing programs and donations, it must be new money coming to the university through Hall's efforts.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.Contract 1

Aug. 1, 2009 - July 31, 2014

- $315,000 salary.

- Annual performance bonuses.

- Exclusive use of a vehicle.

- Use of on-campus, three-bedroom house used by the former UVI president.

- Telephone, internet, electricity and office equipment necessary for a home office.

- Use of a second house in close proximity to the first, in lieu of expanding the first house.

- The second house may be used for residential purposes as well as university-related functions.

- UVI will pay for his spouse to accompany him on one business trip annually.

- UVI pays the tuition for one of his daughters to attend private school on St. Thomas.

- Eligible for life insurance, health insurance, annual leave and the university's retirement program through TIAA/CREF.

- If not offered a second term, UVI will pay for a one-year sabbatical at his salary.

- Reasonable relocation expenses at the end of his employment at the university.

Contract 2

Aug. 1, 2014 - July 31, 2019

- $350,000 salary

- Annual performance bonuses.

- Exclusive use of a vehicle.

- Use of on-campus, three-bedroom house used by the former UVI president.

- Telephone, internet, electricity and office equipment necessary for a home office.

- Use of a second house in close proximity to the first, in lieu of expanding the first house.

- The second house may be used for residential purposes as well as university-related functions.

- UVI will pay for his spouse to accompany him on three business trips annually.

- Eligible for life insurance, health insurance, annual leave and the university's retirement program through TIAA/CREF.

- UVI will pay for a one-year sabbatical at his salary to begin at the end of his term.

- Reasonable relocation expenses at the end of his employment at the university.

- Hall must raise a total of $22.5 million over the five year contract, to be made up of gifts of $100,000 or more solicited by him or obtained through fundraising programs intitated or developed by him.

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