The state Board of Education has voted to give nearly $51,000 to a vice chancellor of the two-year college system for serving as interim chancellor for more than six months.
The board decided Thursday to give the money to Vice Chancellor Susan Price because that would have been the difference between her $155,250 annual salary and the chancellor's salary for the time she served.
Price served from March through the hiring of Mark Heinrich in September. The chancellor's base salary is $250,000 annually.
Gov. Robert Bentley called the $50,796 a reward for a job well done. Board vice president Stephanie Bell expressed concern. She said the board has no policy concerning compensation for interim leaders, and it needs one.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.