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KSU creates 1 percent raise pool

By admin Published: September 15, 2011

Kent State trustees on Wednesday approved a $578.7 million budget for the current school year that includes a 1 percent raise pool for employees.

The total budget is about 6.3 percent larger than last year's.

The additional revenue will come largely from tuition and fees. Undergraduate charges went up 3.5 percent this fall while total enrollment grew 2 percent to an all-time KSU record of 42,185.

Meanwhile, appropriations from the state shrank by $13.4 million and KSU expects costs to rise in employee health insurance, software licenses and maintenance agreements.

Gregg Floyd, senior vice president for finance, said the university administration would decide in coming months how to partition out the 1 percent to employees.

At a media conference following the trustees meeting, he said he was glad to be able to provide the modest raise pool in light of the state cuts. He pointed out that the university developed a balanced budget without having to lay off any employees.

Meanwhile, 11 administrators received merit raises that began in July, according to a board report.

For example, senior associate provost Timothy Chandler received a $15,000 merit raise on top of a current salary that is $183,750, according to the state database of salaries of higher education officials at tax-supported institutions; Gene Finn, vice president of institutional advancement, $15,000 on top of $214,302; and athletic director Joel Nielsen, $29,000 on top of a $225,000 salary.

The smallest merit increase was $500 to softball coach Karen Linder, who made $75,000.

The university usually announces raises in the summer and has them take effect in September, according to an email distributed on campus by Willis Walker, vice president of human resources.

''My office has received numerous inquiries recently asking about the status of salary increases for the current fiscal year,'' he wrote last week.

He said the operating budget presented to trustees would include ''a reserve pool for possible pay raises'' and the results of the meeting would provide ''a clearer picture of the university's financial situation.''

The university also is negotiating with the tenure-track unit of the American Association of Professors, whose three-year contract expired last month.

Carol Biliczky can be reached at cbiliczky@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3729.

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