Who comes up on top?

According to salary and travel reimbursement documents,Dr. Viswanathan Kumar and President Mark Becker were again named the top two earners of the Georgia State.

As No. 1 on both 2011 and 2012 top earners list, Kumar’s salary has increased from $742,008 to $949,419.33 in one year. His travel expenses decreased, however, from $54, 751.94 to $49,815.26 over the year.

“Dr. Kumar is widely regarded as one of the top five marketing researchers and practitioners in the world, and his expertise is highly valued by businesses, corporations and executives,” said Andrea Jones, assistant vice president for communications.

Kumar, Regents Professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, holds several positions within Georgia State, including Lenny Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Brand & Customer Management. Kumar is also the director of the Ph.D. program in Marketing at College of Business, a position that he receives additional compensation for teaching courses, in addition to his university-contracted base salary.

“This extra compensation, which accounts for the majority of the difference in his compensation from 2011 to 2012, comes from the fees that corporations and executives pay to attend Robinson executive programs, and is not funded through the state allocation or normal tuition,” Jones said.

Becker’s university salary remained at approximately $550,000.08 in both years; however, his travel expenses increased from $20,661.50 to $49,130.85 in the year span.