Karen Hanson, named this week to be the next provost of the University of Minnesota, will make $390,000, according to her offer letter.

That's a bigger base salary than current provost Tom Sullivan, but it's less than his total compensation: $422,600 for the 2010-11 year, which includes $75,000 in deferred compensation.

Currently, Hanson makes $334,288 in total compensation (including car and housing allowances) as provost of Indiana University Bloomington, a spokesman said.

Hanson's offer notes that her appointment as provost -- the U's top academic job -- is subject to approval by the Board of Regents. They meet this week.