Ohio University trustees gave President Roderick McDavis a 3-percent raise last month, bringing his base pay to $427,000, the Ohio University Post reports.
That comes after a a 6-percent raise last year.
Trustees gave McDavis’ wife, Deborah McDavis, a 3-percent raise too in recognition of her “tireless work” for the school, the Post reports. The raise brings her base pay to $30,900.
Trustees also approved a 1-percent raise pool for university faculty and staff.
It’s not uncommon for a university president’s spouse to receive a separate university salary.
A 2012 survey of private college presidents’ spouses sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges found that about a quarter of respondents received college salaries. The average salary was about $23,000.
The Association of American Universities, which represents major research universities, encourages school trustees to consider offering presidents’ spouses paid university positions.
In a university video, Deborah McDavis describes her role as “first lady of Ohio University.”
Her typical day starts at 3:30 a.m. and consists of housework, meeting with university staff, and communicating with school donors, parents and students, she says in the video.
“It’s not a part-time position,” she says. “The first lady position is being ‘on’ at all times and being busy at all times–And not just through the weekday, but through the weekends.”