Cal Poly admits miscalculating administrator pay
March 3, 2016
Cal Poly officials have admitted to miscalculating administrator pay in a report released last month. University officials initially said administrator pay decreased last year, but it actually increased, according to Cal Poly’s new figures. [Tribune]
In February, Cal Poly released a report stating administrator pay decreased by $71,000 from Oct. 2014 to Oct. 2015. The university now says administrator pay rose by $93,000 year over year.
The $164,000 error occurred due to miscalculations relating to 14 positions.
Cal Poly’s faculty union, which is currently threatening to take part in a CSU system-wide strike, has recently criticized the university’s increase in spending on administrative pay since President Jeffrey Armstrong took over in 2011.
University officials say Cal Poly added 21 management positions between Oct. 2014 and Oct. 2015. The $93,000 increase in administrator pay is due to replacements, retirements, the creation of new positions and the reclassification of others, according to the university.
Faculty union president Graham Archer said an additional 21 positions is administrative bloat. Archer also said $93,000 is understating the cost of adding those jobs. The cost may total $1 million, Archer said.
Armstrong said 66 administrators were hired between 2010 and 2014. Of those hirings, 74 percent were for lower level positions with an average salary of $75,098, Armstrong said.
Cal Poly’s president also said the university was hit by the Great Recession prior to his arrival and was at its lowest point in number of employees.
Archer said administrators keep on breeding like bunnies.
In 2014-2015, Cal Poly employed 245 people in management positions, according to the university. The total compensation for those positions was $33.6 million.
The CSU’s faculty union is currently in a bargaining dispute with the system’s chancellor’s office. Union representatives are demanding a 5 percent salary hike for CSU faculty members, while the chancellor’s office is offering a 2 percent salary increase.
Faculty union officials are planing a five-day strike in April if their demands are not met.