California State U Presidents' Big Raises To Be Paid By Foundation

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Friday, May 11, 2012

A new campus president at California State University can be paid 10 percent more than the outgoing president, but the raise has to come from non-public foundation funds, CSU trustees voted Wednesday.

The decision comes as six of the 23 campuses prepare to change hands, with two new presidents to be named Thursday at San Francisco State and Cal State San Bernardino.

Meeting in Long Beach, the trustees heard criticism from students and staff about providing any executive raises - regardless of the source - and about issues from low student representation on the board, to skyrocketing tuition and fees. The price for a year of undergraduate education rises again this fall, by 9 percent to $7,017.

Among those who spoke were four students who said they've been on a hunger strike for eight days to protest conditions at CSU.

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