California Faculty Association questioning administrator salaries
September 12, 2011
The California Faculty Association has launched a new online ad targeting pay packages for California State University executives – more backlash from the board of trustees’ decision in July to pay a new campus president $100,000 more than his predecessor on the same day they approved increases in student tuition. [CaliforniaWatch]
The ad, launched last week, features Monopoly money raining down on a smiling Rich Uncle Pennybags. It links to an online petition that says CSU leaders are “out of touch” and presses for “a new pattern of public service that is appropriate for leaders of a public institution.” Some 3,000 people have signed the petition so far, California Watch said.
Amidst public outcry and a stinging rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown, CSU trustees voted this summer to pay new San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman $350,000 in state funds plus $50,000 in private pay. Former San Diego State President Stephen Weber made $299,435, according to a CSU compensation study.
The same day, the CSU trustees raised student tuition by 12 percent.
In January, the California State University Board of Trustees approved a $350,000 yearly salary for incoming Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong, making him the highest paid university president in the CSU system. In addition to his salary, he is provided with housing.
Former Cal Poly President Warren Baker previously held the top paid president position at the CSU making $328,000 a year.
Around the same time, Cal Poly reduced its student body numbers because of budget constraints.
Legislators introduced two bills this summer to limit CSU executive compensation, but both stalled. Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, proposed a bill to place a cap on CSU administrative pay increases at no more than 10 percent in a year when there has been a tuition increase for students. Another bill by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, would prohibit pay raises for top administrators at UC and CSU in bad budget years, California Watch said.
Any reform legislation would likely have an impact soon as two CSU presidents, CSU Northridge President Jolene Koester and San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan, are in line to retire.