Dollars for dean: New head of UNLV business school to be paid 20 percent more than predecessor

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UNLV Lee Business School Dean Brent Hathaway

The new dean of UNLV’s business school is in line for a big pay raise over his predecessor.

The university said Wednesday that Brent Hathaway, dean of the University of Wyoming’s business college, was hired to run Lee Business School.

Hathaway starts his Las Vegas deanship on Oct. 1, UNLV President Neal Smatresk said.

He replaces Percy Poon, who became interim dean last year after Paul Jarley resigned. Jarley took charge of the business school in 2007 but left to become dean of the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration.

Hathaway will earn a $339,000 annual salary, UNLV spokeswoman Afsha Bawany said. That’s 20 percent higher than Jarley’s salary at UNLV, $282,360.

The dean in Wyoming since 2004, Hathaway co-founded the Wyoming Business Leadership Institute to support business growth and expansion in the state. He launched an online executive MBA program and a college career center, and he secured more than $50 million in funding for facility improvements, according to UNLV.

Hathaway, who earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois, held a number of posts in the private sector before switching to academia, including several jobs in marketing.

Among other things, he was vice president of marketing and sales for aerospace services at industrial conglomerate Honeywell International; director of marketing for agricultural equipment at the former Case Corp.; and principal of Prism Consulting, a manufacturing and business-services firm.

Moreover, he currently sits on the board of directors for Denver-based Double Eagle Petroleum Co.

He joined the oil and gas company’s board in 2008. Hathaway earned $100,000 in compensation last year — $46,000 cash and $54,000 in stock awards — for his work on the board, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.