Carol Biliczky

The University of Akron gave out raises on Wednesday to employees who didn’t get pay hikes in September.

Two top lieutenants for President Luis Proenza received the largest merit increases — Provost Mike Sherman, whose salary rose 8 percent to $291,600, and George Newkome, vice president of research, 6 percent to $266,717.

Other top administrators received 3 percent raises, the norm that went to other staff members at the start of the year. Chief of staff Candace Campbell-Jackson now is making $200,131; chief financial officer David Cummins, $236,900; Becky Hoover, vice president of human resources and talent development, $195,700; and Jim Sage, vice president of information services technology, $216,300.

Three other administrators — all retirees who had been rehired — received bonuses that are not applied to their base salaries: general counsel Ted Mallo, $5,940; John LaGuardia, vice president for public affairs and development, $5,831; and Ted Curtis, vice president of capital planning and facilities management, $6,013.

In addition, 31 members of the UA chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police and about 260 current members in the Communications Workers of America got 3 percent raises, with trustees approving a new three-year labor agreement for the latter that will extend to September 2015.

The CWA also is trying to organize 500 unrepresented UA staff and clerical employees to join the CWA as well. An election to decide the issue has yet to be held.

Finally, more than 1,000 part-time faculty also received 3 percent awards. They are paid a set rate per credit hour that they teach, up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester. The fall rate schedule ranges from $618 to $1,442 per credit hour.

The raises for the vice presidents and unions are retroactive to the start of the academic year in July; for the part-time faculty, to the start of the fall semester in August.

In addition, all employees will get an extra four days of vacation at the end of the year.

The university will for the seventh year close between Christmas and New Year’s Day “in recognition of [employees’] significant and collective efforts,” according to the trustee resolution.

When combined with previously scheduled holidays, the university now will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, with the exception of essential employees such as police.

The university says it saves money by closing during the holiday week.

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