CSU Trustees Face Criticism Over School President’s Pay Hike

SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – There is a growing backlash over the decision by the California State University Board of Trustees to pay the new president of San Diego State University some $100,000 more than his predecessor.

The decision to bump the salary of new San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman to $400,000 came on the same day as trustees approved a 12 percent tuition hike for the fall semester.

State Senator Ted Lieu has sent a letter to the board urging that they rescind that decision.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“It shows that they care more right now about lavish salaries than they do about students or faculty,” said Lieu.

The state senator said that he will propose a future cap on CSU administrative salaries.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he is also concerned.

“It’s puzzling, particularly when there are tuition increases and other cuts and layoffs,” Lockyer said.

California State University spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said that there’s never a good time to raise tuition or to cut corners on leadership.

“The compensation reflects the fact that CSU needs to be able to offer fair market compensation for its employees, respective to their experience and skills,” he said.

Governor Jerry Brown said he is also concerned about what he calls “the ever-escalating pay packages” for the system’s top administrators.

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