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January 29, 2015

Cal State Wrestles With Using Donor Funds for Leaders' Pay

Three years after voting to allow California State University campus foundations to fund pay raises for university presidents, system trustees are facing dilemmas over the policy, according to the Los Angeles Times. New questions have emerged since the board agreed in November to 3-percent salary hikes for top administrators.

The increases will be state-funded, but in the case of Chancellor Timothy P. White and six campus presidents the wages upon which raises are calculated are supplemented by nonprofit affiliates charged mainly with raising money for scholarships, faculty positions, and academic programs.

Some trustees have expressed reservations about using taxpayer dollars to augment donated funds. Another potential issue is the difference in size and resources among Cal State universities' foundations, which could lead some to balk at supplementing executive pay, fostering unequal treatment of campus presidents.