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Shaun L McKay, nearly passed over for Suffolk Commnunity College president, is on tap to get $230,000 for his first year as the college’s top official.

The $230,000 a year salary mean he will get more than $70,000 raise and will make about $15,000 more than McKay’s predecessor Shirley Robinson Pippins was making when he left the post last year. McKay currently serves as the college’s acting executive vice president where he makes $159,000 a year as of last month. Before Pippins departure, McKay as a $143,000 a year associate dean at the Brentood campus. McKay was chosen out of 30 contenders, though trustees originally decided to reopen the search after two of three other finalists dropped out and it was disclosed that McKay has twice declared bankuptcy.

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The trustees will vote on McKay’s appointment Thursday, but it also has to be approved by the SUNY board of trustees. In appointing McKay, the board will authorize a three-year contract that begins March 24, but leaves it to board chairman Ernesto Mattace to reach final contract terms.

Mattace defended McKay’s salary level as “equitable,” noting that his salary will be the same as that of new Nassau Community College president Donald Astrab. He also said that Pippins salary had been ranked 57th in a list of 59 community college presidents.