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.