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Former Keene State College head requests $44K buyout on top of $327K payout

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 16. 2018 12:57PM

Anne Huot, who received a $327,225 payout last year after resigning as president of Keene State College, accepted a $44,158 buyout this summer rather than return to the classroom this fall.

Huot, who was due to teach in the biology department, accepted the “voluntary separation” along with nine other professors, according to college spokesman Kelly Ricaurte.

Huot received $26,658, which represented 30 percent of her $88,860 teaching salary, a $15,000 lump-sum “departure incentive” and another $2,500 for declining medical insurance for six months, according to the university.

“Everybody who requested the buyout was given the buyout,” Ricaurte said Wednesday. “To match the enrollment and the size of the organization, the program was put in place.”

A couple of faculty members who took the buyouts will remain until January, she said.

Another 44 staffers accepted buyouts to leave during the first half of this year, she said.

Huot, who was president for four years, received a $327,225 payout, according to her separation agreement with the state university system.

Huot had taken a one-year unpaid leave this past school year.

As president, Huot made $285,000 a year.

When she announced her resignation, Huot said she was stepping down for professional and personal reasons.

The college in recent years has seen enrollments decline and has struggled with its finances, including offering buyouts.

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