Anne Bryan has an arrangement where she gets a salary from the state Department of Commerce, even though she leads the downtown museum. The position will allow her to earn the full 30-year state retirement benefits.
On Tuesday, Exploris board Chairman Gordon Smith told WRAL he suggested the designation, but he claims it is to help create a bond between the museum, the state and the global economy, not to get Bryan extra benefits.
"I'm not dumb, so I know it can happen. But to me, it was not a crucial issue," Smith said.
Smith also told WRAL that Exploris reimburses the state for all of Bryan's salary and retirement benefits.
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