Kaler gets pay raise, extension

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Amid debates over high administrative pay at colleges nationwide, University of Minnesota officials agree President Eric Kaler’s successes outweighed any signs of his failure — earning him another term.

The University’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to extend Kaler’s contract at its monthly meeting July 9, setting the stage for his continued leadership through the end of the decade. State and school officials say they approve of Kaler’s performance so far but noted there’s room for improvement.

The new agreement keeps the current president as the top leader until June 30, 2020 — five years past his original contract’s expiration date — and boosts his yearly salary by 2.5 percent. With benefits, Kaler’s total compensation hits $784,700 for the coming year.

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