Central Washington University President James Gaudino will earn $500,000 in incentive pay if he stays with the university for five more years, under a contract renewal approved this month by the school's trustees.
The decision has upset faculty, students and staff members at the Ellensburg campus. Public School Employees of Washington, a union that represents support staff working at CWU, has asked Gov. Chris Gregoire to declare the contract infeasible.
But Sid Morrison, chairman of the board of trustees and a former congressman, said Gaudino is doing a stellar job, and trustees are afraid of losing him.
"Jim has proved himself — his record is just phenomenal," Morrison said.