Tommy Norment: W&M’s Highest Paid Adjunct Prof

Tommy Norment. Photo credit: Daily Press.

The $60,000 a year that state Sen. Tommy Norment, R-Williamsburg, gets paid by the College of William & Mary makes him the highest-paid adjunct faculty working for the university, according to Travis Fain with the Daily News.

One hundred and fifty-five W&M adjunct faculty are paid less than $10,000 a  year. Of the 44 faculty members who get more, pay averaged $19,300. Writes Fain, who based his data data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act: Norment “makes more than judges who moonlight as professors, more than William and Mary adjuncts who manage campus legal assistance clinics and more than a long list of part-time professors outside the law school who have distinguished resumes in their fields.”

W&M spokesman Brian Whitson said that likening Norment’s compensation with that of other adjunct faculty members was an “apples and oranges” comparison. In addition to his teaching duties, Norment, who serves as Senate Majority Leader, advises W&M president Taylor Reveley on university matters.

Norment spiked several bills during the last session that would have limited tuition increases at Virginia’s public universities and affected their governance structures. Between the 2006-2007 academic year and the 2015-2016 academic year, the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, other expenses) at W&M increased 75%, outpacing the 53% rise for all public four-year institutions by a wide margin, according to data collected by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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8 responses to “Tommy Norment: W&M’s Highest Paid Adjunct Prof

  1. As a Virginia taxpayer and friend of numerous adjunct professors (not at William & Mary), I am offended that this lawmaker, who exercises the powers of purse and policy over the school, is paid so well in comparison to other adjunct professors. I do wonder, though, whether the W&M spokesman actually meant to say that the salary comparisons WERE a case of apples and oranges.

  2. norment also serves on the state board that oversees hotels, has ownership/stakes in hotels in williamsburg/jcc, and has actively worked against legislation that is pro Airbnb.
    not very shocking, but just adding details to how muddy the waters get when dealing with this particular politician.
    with such a sweet deal at w&m, it makes me wonder how much of this is exactly like phil hamilton’s situation, without the smoking gun email?

  3. The enormous new Yorktown Victory Center (80,000 square feet opened in 2015) seems to be a particular pet project of his. This from the annual report of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (which built and owns the Center and will host the equally enormous “2019 Commemoration” to “commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World”: “Since the 2013 Session, when the Virginia General Assembly designated the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the lead executive branch agency to develop planning systems to support the 2019 Commemoration, a Steering Committee, co-chaired by Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. and Delegate M. Kirkland Cox has been developing strategies to promote the key themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity.” Also noted: ” Dominion Resources presented the 2019 Commemoration with a contribution of $1.2 million to support events and projects marking the 400th anniversary of key events in the founding of America.”

  4. Well we can blame these guys but the real blame goes on the voters who put them in office and keep them there.

  5. We have the best legislature money can buy.

  6. From the standpoint of his constituents, he is probably doing a good job and they would likely be silly to get rid of him due to his influence. Robert Byrd was probably great for West Virginia because of everything he brought to the state (e.g. expensively re-routed Interstate highways, relocated federal jobs). That doesn’t mean he was a great Senator for the country.

    In Norment’s case, I probably don’t agree with the legislation he opposed. I think there are better ways to reform.

    To be clear, though, Norment indirectly serves and protects UVA’s interests as well.

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