Cal Poly faculty to picket over administrator pay
May 13, 2015
Cal Poly faculty members will picket outside the administration building on campus Thursday to protest overspending on administrators and lack of spending on the university’s other employees. [Tribune]
The university faculty union says it will deliver a petition to Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong calling for a moratorium on administrator pay increases and a roll back of administration pay rates to the 2010 levels. But, the petition also calls for allowing pay hikes for administration, if faculty members, too, receive increases.
From 2010 to 2014, Cal Poly increased the number of administrators by 39 percent, according to the faculty union. The university also increased spending on administrators by 43 percent.
“Meanwhile, the number of faculty has increased slowly, and most of those are temporary positions,” a union statement says. “And faculty pay has stagnated. This, even as the number of students increases.”
Armstrong began his tenure as university president in Feb. 2011. Upon his hiring, CSU trustees approved a compensation package that included $350,000 in yearly pay plus an annual supplement of $30,000 that comes from the Cal Poly Foundation.
Until then, the university’s published salary range for campus presidents was $223,584 to $328,212.
Previous Cal Poly president Warren Baker is currently San Luis Obispo County’s highest earning pensioner. Baker received a $250,687 pension in 2013, which was the 20th-highest in the entire CalPERS system.