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UA trustees approve pay hikes

By admin Published: December 1, 2011

Despite tough times elsewhere and a revenue shortfall, trustees at the University of Akron approved a wide-ranging slate of pay increases Wednesday.

Revenue fell $4 million short of its year-to-date budgeted level of $191 million, or about 2 percent, mostly because fewer students enrolled than expected. Expenditures also exceeded the budget by $1 million, according to board documents.

An agreement with the faculty union previously assured raises of up to 4.5 percent for full-time faculty 2 percent for market adjustments and 2.5 percent for merit. Trustees also earlier approved 3 percent raises for 1,400 nonunion staffers and contract professionals.

Total university payroll for this year is $163 million.

The entire slate of annual salaries was approved Wednesday and included:

•?Candace Campbell Jackson, vice president and chief of staff, from $169,302 to $194,302.

•?New hire Eileen Korey, associate vice president, communications, at $170,000. She will be eligible to step up to $185,000 after June 30.

•?George R. Newkome, vice president, research and dean, graduate school, from $234,044 to $250,000.

•?James L. Sage, vice president, information technology services, from $201,066 to $210,000.

•?John J. Reilly, whose title changed from assistant vice president and associate general counsel to associate vice president and associate general counsel, from $119,459 to $140,000.

•?Lee A. Gill, associate vice president, inclusion and equity, from $131,325 to $139,325.

•?Brian E. Davis, associate vice president, treasury and financial planning, from $130,613 to $136,000.

•?John A. Messina, assistant vice president, student engagement and success, from $95,878 to $100,445.

•?Ellen Perduyn, executive director, corporate foundations and director, development, from $94,554 to $104,554.

University President Luis Proenza said the raises were designed to stay competitive with other universities and the private sector, maintain market rates and meet obligations of union agreements.

''It's important that we not lose our very best people to private institutions,'' he said. ''And then there is the fact that we need to recognize merit.''

Proenza said school employees have faced lean times in the past when state subsidies were cut and enrollment was not increasing. He acknowledged the school has offered impressive raises before with little reaction.

''I think people recognize that this is appropriate and, no, we don't get much push back in that regard,'' he said.

Dave Scott can be reached at 330-996-3577 or davescott@thebeaconjournal.com.

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