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UC & CSU Executive Pay Questioned

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:05am

There’s a new push by several state lawmakers to restrict the ability of California’s higher education systems to increase executive pay.

Last week the California State University Trustees locked in a salary for a new campus President that’s 100-thousand dollars higher than his predecessor’s was. Then they raised tuition by 12 percent. The move has inspired a bill by Democratic Senator Leland Yee that would ban U-C and C-S-U executive pay hikes in bad budget years.

“This is just not a tenable situation, given the fact that so many of our youngsters no longer can afford to attend our CSU’s and our UC’s,” said Yee.

Claudia Keith with C-S-U says the system’s executive salaries are low by national standards. She says they must pay competitively to attract quality candidates:  “The reality is that we recruit these presidents on a national level and out of a national talent pool and that dictates the compensation levels,” she said.

Another bill that was recently introduced would restrict executive pay raises at C-S-U to ten percent in any year there is also a tuition increase.

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