CSU leaders to get raises of up to 12%

first_imgLONG BEACH – Over the objections of some students and faculty, California State University trustees voted Wednesday to boost executives’ salaries as much as 12 percent in an effort to make them more competitive with other institutions. The board’s 14-2 vote raised the salary of CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed from $377,000 to $421,500, while Long Beach State President F. King Alexander will get a raise from $291,208 to $320,329. All the other campus chiefs got comparable increases except Mildred Garcia, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, who is new to the job. Trustees said the pay hikes were necessary to recruit and retain high-quality executives, who often can find greater salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. “We have suffered because our salaries lag so far behind,” said Jeffrey Bleich, the board’s vice chairman. (562) 499-1308.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake.” He argued that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined Trustee Ricardo Icaza in voting against the hikes. Students speaking at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have seen fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at CSU San Marcos. The trustees had hired Mercer Human Resources Consulting, which reported in July that the average $259,435-a-year salary of a CSU president lags 46 percent behind the salaries of 20 other institutions surveyed. [email protected] last_img read more