With a $417,608 salary in 2019, Dr. Anthony Fauci is now the highest-paid federal employee, outpacing even the President of the United States.
However, 19 University of Texas employees make more.
Fauci, who is Director of the National Institute for Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and current Chief Medical Advisor to the President, became a household name after leading daily press conferences for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The doctor makes more than all four million federal employees in the Executive Branch and has a salary significantly higher than the Branch's 2019 salary cap of $172,500. Fauci, alongside two other doctors that make more than the President, belongs to an exception of the rule made for doctors and scientists to compete with private corporations' salaries.
Federal salaries are still far from the pay of the private sector, however. In the most recent year available (2019), 10 medical professors, deans and department chairs at UT out-earned Fauci's salary. Charles Fraser, a world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon, is the highest-paid non-athletic employee with a $1,534,053 2019 salary. Carlos Mery, another cardiac surgeon involved in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease program alongside Fraser, made $888,333. S. Claiborne Johnston, Dean at Dell Medical School, was the highest-paid dean at the university with a salary of $869,310.
UT and other universities have long held high salaries for their athletic programs. In 2019, then-head football coach Tom Herman made over $2.5 million, more than any other University of Texas employee and over six times more than Fauci. Herman earned 4,044.4% more than the national average for government employees.
Four other UT head coaches surpassed the medical adviser for the president's salary as well. Head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart came just behind Herman with a $2,156,639 salary, while baseball head coach David Pierce made just over $600,000, former women's head basketball coach Karen Aston made $484,633 and head track and field coach Edrick Floreal made a $466,500 salary. Two assistant football coaches also made the list, including then-defensive coordinator Todd Orlando ($1,183,593) and offensive coordinator Timothy Beck ($576,767). Texas' Athletic Director, Christopher del Conte, was the university's fifth-highest paid employee at $893,333.While Fauci made less than 19 UT employees, his salary still put him ahead of members of the House of Representatives and Senators, who will make $174,000 this year. All of UT's top 100 employees made more than U.S. Representatives and Senators in 2019, while 61 make more than the nation's four-star military generals.
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When Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he would rescind business capacity limits and a statewide masking mandate on Texas Independence Day, he framed it as a step forward. "With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny," he said during a press conference at a Mexican restaurant in Lubbock.
But some local restaurants and bars, which have been caught in the regulatory crosshairs since Texas' first positive COVID test 364 days ago, have chosen to ignore Abbott's overture. Instead, they will continue to maintain pandemic precautions once the executive order takes effect next week, citing a desire to keep their staff and patrons safe.
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(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Austonia has hired Claire Partain as a reporter covering Austin FC, the MLS expansion team that will be Austin's first major league sports franchise.
Partain is a former sports editor for the The University Star, Texas State University's daily newspaper. She edited, covered sports, produced podcasts, and hosted a pre-game TXST football tailgate live series. Partain has been freelancing with the company since January, prior to accepting a staff position.
A native of Fairfield, Texas, Partain grew up playing youth soccer. In her high school years, she played alongside her mother in what was then called the Freestone County Hispanic Women's Soccer League.
Claire's coverage philosophy: "I like to bring out the humanity of sports, and I want to make this the most accessible sports coverage possible."
She notes that soccer is the predominant sport for young people. "It's a global sport, and we're more connected to the world than older generations."
That approach fits the team's already visible presence in Austin, says Austonia CEO Mark Dewey. "Austin FC has established itself as a leading Austin brand, one that stands for a more unified Austin community, a bigger global presence for Austin and fun. Austonia shares those values."
Partain's soccer coverage begins immediately, with her free, hosted text service—Austonia FC. For updates, special access and inside info, all moderated by Claire, sign up below.
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