CSU executive pay raises put on hold

Jade Adams

The Senate approved a bill last month to place new limitations on pay raises for newly hired California State University executives.

Introduced by democratic senator, Elaine Alquist of Santa Clara, the newly amended SB 952 was approved 36-1.  It will prohibit employees with an annual salary of $200,000 from CSU general funding from receiving any pay increase between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

From July, 2014 to July, 2018, those same employees will not be able to receive a pay increase more than 10 percent under the bill.

“Students and their families come first,” said Alquist in a recent statement. “Today’s strong bipartisan vote should be a wake up call to the CSU trustees.”

This follows the CSU salary scandal that surrounded the president of San Diego State University, Elliot Hirshman, when he received a $350,000 annual salary in state funds and an additional $50,000 from a non-profit organization affiliated with the campus.

According to data from the CSU chancellor’s office, the average CSU president receives a total annual package worth $372,000. That includes $60,000 for housing and $12,000 for vehicle expense.