Who Says Academia Doesn’t Pay?

Brian K. Johnson was placed on leave this fall as president of Montgomery College, a Maryland community college. According to a September Washington Post article:

Faculty leaders alleged in a nine-page investigative report that Johnson had “destabilized” the college in 2 1/2 years of leadership by disappearing from office for days at a time, missing important events, intimidating staff and overspending with his corporate credit card.

While Johnson maintains that his spending was a legitimate part of his job, recently released information indicates that Johnson spent some $65,000 using his corporate credit card during his two years at the college. On a single day in March Johnson charged $130 for limousine service, $100.32 for a restaurant, $144.80 for a Utah spa, and almost $800 in airfare.

In February, Montgomery College announced that it was “instituting a hiring freeze, deferring major purchases, reducing temporary staff, and cutting back in other operating expenses.” The school also eliminated ten positions due to “a time of increasing enrollment and fiscal difficulties.”

As president, Johnson earned (and continues to earn) a salary of $233,210 a year.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer