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Amid Cost-Cutting Measures, CSU Trustees To Vote On Presidential Pay HIkes

Published On: Mar 20 2012 08:40:06 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 20 2012 09:05:10 AM CDT
LONG BEACH, Calif. -

The California State University board is set to vote on raising salaries for two campus presidents despite objections from critics who say CSU administrators are overpaid.

The CSU Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider compensation packages for the new presidents of the Fullerton and East Bay campuses when it meets Tuesday in Long Beach.

CSU East Bay President Leroy Morishita would receive a base salary of $303,660. CSU Fullerton President Mildred would receive a base salary of $324,500.

Those salaries are both 10 percent more than their current pay and 10 percent more than their predecessors received. That's the maximum raise allowed under a new executive compensation policy approved in January.

State Sen. Leland Yee says the pay raises are "shocking" when CSU has approved large tuition increases.

California State University plans to reduce enrollment next year as the 23-campus system deals with steep cuts in state funding.

CSU Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage said Monday only eight campuses will admit students for the spring 2013 term and admission will be limited to community college transfer applicants. Chico State University would be one of the eight campuses admitting students.

School administrators say the 417,000-student system plans to reduce total enrollment by 20,000 to 25,000 students during the 2013-2014 academic year if voters don't approve Gov. Jerry Brown's tax plan.

University officials will explain the plan to the CSU Board of Trustees when it meets in Long Beach on Tuesday. But campuses don't need board approval to reduce or expand enrollment.

Turnage says Cal State needs to restrict spring admissions because the state reduced CSU funding by $750 million this year.