UT regents make deposed DePinho one of MD Anderson’s top paid professors

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Dr. Ron DePinho was paid more than $2 million as president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, but he’ll also make out well in the professor position he assumed a week ago after resigning under pressure.

Under a package approved by UT System regents Tuesday, DePinho will receive a base pay of just under $800,000, one of the very highest salaries among the center’s non-administrative faculty, in addition to supplemental pay expected to bring the total over $1 million. He’ll also receive annual research funding support of $1 million a year.

“In approving this item, the board is also asked to make a finding that the agreement is in the best interest of UT MD Anderson and the UT System.” Paul Foster, chairman of the UT board, at the specially called meeting.

DePinho announced his resignation earlier this month following years of turmoil at the elite cancer research hospital. Over a 16-month period the institution had recorded operating losses of more than $160 million. The center has been in the black the last two months.


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