A day after announcing plans to boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour, the University of California approved 3 percent raises for 15 top administrators.
Among those to receive the salary increases are five campus leaders, including UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, and six executives at UC’s medical centers and laboratories that are not paid with state funds. They will earn between $231,750 and $991,942 annually; Katehi will make $424,360.
The university’s governing board authorized the raises at its meeting Thursday without public discussion, except to note that they were for senior managers who have been in their position for at least a year and had not received a pay increase in the last year.
A staff report argued that UC has struggled to remain competitive with peer institutions for top talent because administrative salaries have held mostly flat since the start of the recession: “The inconsistency associated with the lack of a regular salary program at UC has made it more difficult to recruit and retain people for senior leadership and staff positions.”
In a statement, the University of California Student Association said it was “shameful” to allocate executive raises so soon after a protracted budget battle with the state to secure more funding for a tuition freeze and student slots.
“This is a betrayal of families across California and a crisis of priorities that will affect much-needed funding for enrollment growth and deferred maintenance,” acting President Kevin Sabo said.
UC also announced Thursday new measures to address sexual violence on its campuses, including mandatory education and prevention training for students, faculty and staff starting this fall, and support services for those who have been accused of sexual assault through the student adjudication process.
The university has been updating its sexual violence policy over the past year, amid increasing national attention and criticism of how colleges are handling the issue of campus sexual assaults.
Five campus chancellors received 3 percent raises Thursday. Their new salaries are:
$772,500 - Sam Hawgood (UC San Francisco)
$516,446 - Nicholas Dirks (UC Berkeley)
$441,334 - Gene Block (UCLA)
$436,120 - Pradeep Khosla (UC San Diego)
$424,360 - Linda Katehi (UC Davis)
The chancellors at the Irvine, Merced, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Riverside campuses received significant pay increases last September and were not eligible for the raises.