Trustees: ‘We Need Help’ To Fix Salaries For CSU Execs

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — When it comes to using taxpayer money to pay the salaries of future Cal State University presidents, even higher education officials sometimes need a little guidance.

The chairman of the Cal State Board of Trustees told lawmakers “we need help” to determine compensation structures as the state struggles with mounting anger over six-figure salaries.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the board expects a new round of hiring executive replacements in the coming months and years.

Chairman Herbert Carter said trustees need to know how much state lawmakers are going to commit to compensation packages for university presidents before any compensation guidelines can be established.

“In the not too distant future, we’re going to have to replace four or five more presidents or more,” said Carter.

Trustees hope to avoid the public outrage created by the $100,000 pay increase that the new president at San Diego State received over his predecessor.

But faculty representative Kim Geron says trustees are blind for doing this while hiking student fees and ignoring others.

“We’re all very frustrated, we all basically had our salaries frozen, and being told there’s no money for us, and yet the new guy comes in and gets a $100,000 bump from the last guy,” said Geron.


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