Regents OK Salary Hikes For Utah School Presidents

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While faculty pay hasn’t budged on most campuses in three years, Utah college and university presidents will get raises under a plan approved unanimously Friday by the State Board of Regents.

The pay hikes, ranging from 2.8 to 12.5 percent, are necessary to ensure Utah schools can attract and retain top administrative talent, Regents chairman David Jordan told board members gathered at Dixie State College.

Legislative leaders, however, are concerned about how the public will view stacking more pay onto some of the most well-compensated public servants in their towns.

"I thought they are sending the wrong message when they are laying people off and cutting budgets and they are giving raises to the highest paid people on the campuses," said Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville.

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