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Awash in cuts, Cal State mulls pay hikes for 3 new presidents

Friday, July 13, 2012

There they go again. Just when the resource-ravaged Cal State system is talking about across-the-board pay cuts and possibly still more tuition increases, the Board of Trustees is mulling pay raises of 9 percent or more for three new campus presidents. Among them: new San Francisco State president Leslie Wong. The workaround: The raises would be from foundation funds.

Besides Wong, whom the trustees want to pay 9 percent more than his predecessor, the other two are Cal State Northridge’s Dianne Harrison and Cal State San Bernardino’s Tomas Morales, who are being recommended for 10 percent hikes. The trustees take up the matter next Tuesday.

From Erica Perez at California Watch:

CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp said the executive compensation policy allows the university to recruit competitively while also being mindful of the economic situation.

“We do have to recruit from a national pool for the best and brightest not only in presidents, but in faculty and in staff,” Uhlenkamp said. “Regardless of whether your salary's frozen, and there's a supplement that increases your salary, these individuals are being paid less than what they would make on the market outside the state of California or not working for the CSU.”

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