Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 7, 1974 · Page 18
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 18

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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SMB. July 7,1*74' Military Medical School Chiefs Pay More Than Senator's By StMrt ; TA* r«*ii«£tM f MI · WASHINGTON - Dr. An- tfcbny R- Curreri earns as rniich from the government as a! Cabinet member or Supreme Court justice for running a new military medical school that most experts thought wasn't needed. ,He is paid 1*0,000 -- more than a congressman, senator of any other physician in government, including the doctors who serve as assistant secretaries for health in the departments of Defense and Health, Education and Welfare and the doctor who seryes as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Curreri's job is president of the Uniformed Services University of the Medical Sciences --.a medical school formed to tjirn out doctors and allied health professionals for the Army, Navy and Air Force. The military medical school has been a pet project for 25 years of Rep. F. Edward Hebert, D-La., but never had a chance of passing Congress until he became chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. IT PASSED Congress in September, 1972, and was signed by President Nixon despite recommendations by HEW and the White House Office of Management and Budget that he veto the legislation. With the end of the doctor draft, the military needs doctors immediately. Critics of the school, however, believe that it could get the doctors by offering more scholarships tied to military service. · . Curreri expects to take in the first class of 50 students by 1976 and should have 125 students in a class by 1978. Buildings are already going up dn the grounds of the Bethes;'da Naval Hospital in suburban ^Maryland. REP. F. EDWARD. HERBERT Dremm Already applications are pouring in from members of medical school faculties across the country. Curreri said he has received more than 600 applications for jobs of heads of the departments in the basic sciences and slightly under 100 applications for jobs as deans. Dr. Richard Wilbur, former assistant defense secretary for health and an apponent of the military medical school, called Curreri "an excellent choice" as president because of his academic background and 25 years experience working as an adviser on military medical problems. "I don't know anybody right at the moment who would do a better job;" Wilbur said. Curreri's salary was set by the law creating the university to be on a par with similar jobs in "fully accredited schools of the health professions in the vicinity of the District of Columbia." Yet Curreri earns more than the presidents of Georgetown, George Washington and American universities; more than the dean or tke vice president for health affairs (who is a doctor) at George Washuif- toa. In fact, according to a study published in March by the College and University Personnel Assn. only four colleges or universities in the nation pay their president or chief executive officers more than $GO,000. The president of the University of Michigan, for example, makes 160,000 while the president of Ohio State University earns 150,000. SINCE PHYSICIANS are among the highest paid professions, heads of medical schools often earn more than university presidents. The personnel officers' survey shows the median salary for college presidents in the nation is $31,500. The Association of American Medical Colleges, however, reported that deans of private medical colleges earn in the mid-to-upper 140,000 range while deans of public medical colleges earn in the mid-to-upper $30,000 range. In an interview in the Health Science in Bethesda. Curreri defended his salary. He said it is no greater than he earned at the University of Wisconsin, where he was associate vice chancellor for health sciences and Evan P. Helfaer distringuished professor of surgery. "The government has to realize," he said, "that if it wants to get good people it has to meet the salaries of academia. "If you are going to develop a universty, you have to be competitive." He said the reason the university president should earn more than other top doctors in government, such as the assistant secretaries of defense and HEW, is that his job is SMppxcd to be permaMat, M* a temporary political appointment that can lead to something higher. AT ONE POINT, the Uniformed Services University president was supposed to earn $70,000 -- which would make him the secoad highest paid official in government behind the President of the United States. That was reduced however, when Defense Department officials realized he would be earning more than the Secretary of Defense. Curreri was appointed to the job in January by Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger. He was the choice of a search committee that he headed. His close friendship with Melvin R. Laird, former defense secretary and White House adviers, helped Curreri get on the search committee. Laird was a strong supporter of the military medical school. The search-committee decided, after private meetings that chairman Curreri didn't know about, that he was the best man for the job. Baptist Church] To Register Students A meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p. m. Tuesday at the Cathderal of Prayer Baptist Church on Pennsylvania Avenue to register students in- entering the church's new school in September. Registration fee will be $35 per student. The Rev. Charles Quigley, pastor of the church, said construction hasn't begun on the new school, but he hopes to have the building completed in the late summer. 9Qb Virginia St. East., Downtown Shop Monday, 'til 9. 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