John B. Simpson: Take the Money and Run
by Buck Quigley - posted 2:45 pm, August 15, 2011
It was a very good year for former UB President John Barclay Simpson. Combining his New York State salary with his various compensations from various private foundations at UB, Simpson received a 61% raise from the year before, a figure that included a $225,560 bonus—and that during a year in which UB 2020 legislation completely flopped. That made for a total of $867,009 from private, UB affiliate organizations where he claimed to work 40 hours a week, and his state salary, for which he was also supposed to be working full-time. Add in other perks like the presidential house on LeBrun, and his total compensation may have been over $1 million.
That’s got to be irking current UB President Satish Tripathi, who must’ve thought he was getting paid pretty well by the state, the SUNY Research Foundation, and the UB Foundation. Nope. Not even close to what Simpson was raking in, secretly.
Others pulling in the big bucks on the 2009 form include Scott Nostaja and David Dunn—both of whom have since joined Simpson in getting while the getting’s good. That makes three of the top six highest-paid foundation employees that have gotten the hell out of Dodge since all the secret salary top-ups came to light.
Apparently, that’s how the game works.