The paychecks of California State University campus presidents and other top executives will get a little bigger starting this month. The CSU Board of Trustees approved raises Tuesday. But some teachers aren't happy about it.
Trustees voted to give campus presidents 2 percent pay raises or about $6,000 a year. The university system says executive pay lags about 25 percent behind when compared to other markets.
"Recruiting and retaining high-quality leadership, faculty and staff for the CSU is important in both the short and long term health of our enterprise," says CSU Chancellor Timothy White.
But the California Faculty Association disagrees. The union's past president, Lillian Taiz, spoke facetiously to the trustees before the vote.
"There’s a model we should chase as a public institution," says Taiz. "Comparing our already highly-paid execs to those who are even more obscenely paid across the country."
Faculty salaries are currently being negotiated. CSU has proposed a 2 percent raise -- that's the same percentage raise the presidents got, but in actual dollars it’s thousands less.