Education

CSU administrators' 2 percent raises approved, criticized by faculty

California State University trustees approved a salary increase for the system's top administrators.
California State University trustees approved a salary increase for the system's top administrators.
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The California State University trustees approved a 2 percent raise for the system's chancellor and top administrators retroactive to July 1, matching similar percentage increases for some university employees.

But the raises drew sharp reaction from CSU faculty at the trustees' board meeting Tuesday in Long Beach. Faculty representatives were critical of the executive salaries and told the trustees that the 2 percent raise offered to instructors, who are still negotiating an increase covering the second year of their contract, is not enough.

The faculty union, California Faculty Association, has called for a 5 percent increase. Bargaining sessions on the contract reopener resume tomorrow.

“Our stagnant salaries are a matter of the budgetary choices and misplaced priorities of CSU management," said Jennifer Eagan, CFA president. She said the faculty need a significant raise to catch up with other universities after years of falling behind in pay.  

Under the executives' 2 percent raise for 2015-2016, Chancellor Timothy White's total annual base salary rises to $400,746, an increase of $8,446. Other CSU executives' total pay, including those of campuses presidents, range from $241,200 to $370,240 with the raise (see salary tables below).

The latest increase follows a 3 percent hike administrators received last year.