According to data provided by the California State Controller’s Office, Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) President Dianne Harrison is expected to receive a pay increase of over $50,000 dollars per year when she takes over as President of sister university, Cal State Northridge (CSUN).
This past January, the CSU Board of Trustees established new guidelines regarding CSU executive pay, including the initial salary for newly appointed presidents. According to the CSU website, “…when a presidential vacancy occurs, the initial base salary…shall not exceed ten percent of the previous incumbent’s pay.” In 2011, outgoing CSUN President, Dr. Jolene Koester, earned $295,000, not including other compensation. This means that under the new guidelines Dr. Harrison’s salary would increase by over $50,000 per year as the new CSUN President.
In addition to the increase in salary, Dr. Harrison will receive both housing and transportation allowances that could add tens of thousands of dollars to her total, yearly compensation.
With the CSU system facing a $750 million dollar shortfall in State funding for the upcoming school year, many have criticized recent presidential salary increases at CSU Fullerton and CSU East Bay as “out of touch” with the system’s fiscal realities. Some, like State Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, have called for a moratorium on all CSU executive pay increases while California continues to struggle with a projected $13 billion dollar budget deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.