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Former KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little still earns $510K salary in adviser role

Former University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little visited with Bob Dole during a visit to the Dole Institute of Politics on the KU campus in 2014.
Former University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little visited with Bob Dole during a visit to the Dole Institute of Politics on the KU campus in 2014. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Bernadette Gray-Little may have retired her position as the University of Kansas' chancellor nine months ago. But she still collects her $510,041 salary for serving as a "special adviser," the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

The Journal-World reported Wednesday that the salary is equal to her compensation for her final year as chancellor and is paid for by both private and public dollars.

A university spokesperson told the newspaper that the Kansas Board of Regents had determined that Gray-Little would serve as an adviser to the new chancellor from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. She stepped down from her position at the end of the 2017 spring semester.

Gray-Little declined to answer questions when reached by telephone.

“Chancellor Gray-Little was incredibly helpful during the leadership transition last year and continues to provide invaluable counsel to various KU administrators on a variety of topics," spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson told the Journal-World.

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