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A pricey, familiar perk for new UMass head

Promised a paid leave after 5 years

The University of Massachusetts has promised its new president, Robert Caret, a sabbatical of up to one year at his full presidential salary when he steps down, a controversial perk like the one awarded to his predecessor, Jack Wilson.

In addition, UMass is considering providing similar sabbaticals to outgoing chancellors of the UMass campuses, a benefit university officials called common in academia but that appears to be more generous than is offered by many other public colleges. UMass has promised chancellors yearlong sabbaticals if they return to teaching, but has not specified the pay.

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