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Former Bridgewater State president to give up consulting contract

Former Bridgewater State University president Dana Mohler-Faria.George Rizer for The Boston Globe

The former president of Bridgewater State University, under fire for a lucrative retirement package, has agreed to give up a $100,000 annual consulting contract with the university, state officials said Thursday.

Dana Mohler-Faria had faced criticism for negotiating the contract with the university in addition to cashing in his unused sick and vacation time for a one-time payment of $269,984 and accepting a $183,421 annual pension.

“I wish to express my appreciation to the former president of Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria, who has agreed to volunteer his time to the University on a pro bono basis going forward, in lieu of receiving a part-time salary as a consultant to the University,” Carlos E. Santiago, the state’s higher education commissioner, said in a statement.

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Santiago also said the Department of Higher Education had initiated a review of leave policies and practices for administrators in public higher education.

Mohler-Faria’s travel had also been questioned. He had logged 29 trips in his final three years as president including four trips to Cape Verde and two to Belize.

Mohler-Faria’s retirement package and travel were first reported by the Boston Business Journal.


Michael Levenson can be reached at mlevenson
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