Tech official: Gonzales' pay not unusual

While inviting embattled former attorney general Alberto Gonzales to join Texas Tech's faculty has raised more than a few eyebrows, university officials said Monday there is no reason for his compensation package to cause a stir.

According to Tech Provost Bob Smith, Gonzales' $100,000 paycheck is on-par with the amount paid to other university employees who are high performers with significant experience or expertise.

"Someone with a national presence and a long list of accomplishments would be hired at the full professor level," Smith said.

Full professors at Tech took home an average of $101,900 in the 2008-09 school year, according to data compiled by the American Association of University Professors.

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