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If State University of New York Chancellor Robert King gets approval Tuesday for a $206,000-a-year professorship as part of his severance plan, he'll join seven past administrators who collected a total of more than $1 million at the system's highest rank of "university professor."

But some faculty see King's appointment as a political gift of little benefit to SUNY and at the expense of taxpayers.

"To the extent that really first-rate scholars get these positions, that's fine, but otherwise it's a disgrace," said David Gordon, a professor at the City University of New York and president of the New York State Association of Scholars.

"These are not supposed to be political plums," said Gordon, whose association seeks higher academic standards and greater accountability in colleges.

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