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Push To Limit UC, CSU Executive Pay Hikes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 18, 2011

Last week the California State University Trustees locked in a salary for a new campus President that's 100-thousand dollars higher than his predecessor's was. Then they raised tuition by 12 percent.  The move has inspired a bill by Democratic Senator Leland Yee that would ban U-C and C-S-U executive pay hikes in bad budget years:

"This is just not a tenable situation, given the fact that so many of our youngsters no longer can afford to attend our CSU's and our UC's."

Claudia Keith with C-S-U says the system's executive salaries are low by national standards.  She says they must pay competitively to attract quality candidates:

"The reality is that we recruit these presidents on a national level and out of a national talent pool and that dictates the compensation levels."

Another bill that was recently introduced would restrict executive pay raises at C-S-U to ten percent in any year there is also a tuition increase. 
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