|Kern Wildenthal once again shows up on a list of the|
highest paid state employees, despite scandals last year
that forced him to resign from his posts at UT Southwestern
University of Texas college football coach Mack Brown and college basketball coach Rick Barnes rank one and two on the list—as most people would expect—raking in $5.26 million and $2.54 million annually, respectively.
But in third place at $1.75 million a year is Rodney J. Rohrich, UT Southwestern's chairman of plastic surgery.
Other UT Southwestern doctors on the list included: 9) Joseph M. Forbess, chairman of UT Southwestern's pediatric cardiothoracic surgery division at $1.01 million, 10) Ken Gill, UT Southwestern's residency program director of orthopedic surgery at $1.01 million, 14) Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern at $921,000, and most surprising of all 15) C. Kern Wildenthal, special consultant to the Southwestern Medical Foundation at $841,557, who again showed up on the list, despite his scandals a year ago forced him to resign from UT Southwestern.
|All hail the three stooges of UTSW: Bill Solomon (chairman|
of the Southwestern Medical Foundation), Kern Wildenthal
(special consultant and former president), and Daniel Podolsky
Wildenthal, along with other high-level officials at UT Southwestern, were found to have improperly used the university's charitable funds for their own personal uses, such as inappropriate travel junkets around the world with no apparent business purposes, fine dining at the world's most expensive and renowned restaurants, expensive wines, parties and outings for UT Southwestern executives, extravagant gifts to friends and donors, social memberships dues to civic organizations (such as the Dallas Opera), personal maid service for Wildenthal and his own family members, etc. He did all this while submitting all his expenses to the university that he claimed were reimbursable as "business expenses."
|UTSW cannot seem to get rid of Kern Wildenthal|
(right) from its payroll. This may be due to the help
of his friend William Solomon (left, chairman of the
Southwestern Medical Foundation.)
An independent investigation commissioned by the University of Texas System's chancellor's office substantiated and confirmed many of the charges of misconduct against Wildenthal during his tenures as president of UT Southwestern and as the president of the university's charitable donation foundation. Many watchdogs in the community even called his conduct no better than embezzlement.
The private charitable foundation, however, quietly and defiantly maintains Wildenthal on its payroll as a special paid consultant, while keeping his pay confidential from the public, despite the ongoing questions surrounding Wildenthal's integrity.
|Wildenthal now controls money meant to benefit sick and dying children|
Despite all of Wildenthal's scandals with misappropriating charitable funds, he was shockingly appointed as president of the Children's Medical Center Foundation and executive vice president of the Children's Medical Center recently, an institution that is very closely affiliated with UT Southwestern, on May 28, 2013, despite the public perception that Wildenthal should never be entrusted in overseeing any charitable foundation's money again.
The shocking appointment has raised a lot of eyebrows among civic leaders and watchdog groups concerned about the conflict-of-interest in Wildenthal once again being so closely associated with UT Southwestern and overseeing the trust of a charitable foundation meant to benefit a very vulnerable group, namely sick and dying children.
Highest paid state employees:
3. Rodney Rohrich, chairman of UT Southwestern's plastic surgery department at $1.75 million
9. Joseph M Forbess, chairman of UT Southwestern's pediatric cardiothoracic surgery division at $1.01 million
10. Ken Gill, UT Southwestern's residency program director of orthopedic surgery at $1.01 million
14. Daniel Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern at $921,000
15. Kern Wildenthal, special consultant to the Southwestern Medical Foundation at $841,557.
- Texas Tribune: Government employee salaries (9/5/13)
- D-Healthcare Daily: Texas' best-paid state employees list dominated by doctors (9/5/13)
- DMN: Wildenthal quietly departs UT Southwestern after state investigation finds 'inappropriate' spending (8/25/12)