Central Washington U President To Get $500,000 Incentive Pay

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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.

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