UPDATE: UW System regents approve pay-range increases

UPDATED Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 12:04 p.m.

SOMERS, Wis. (AP) -- New hires for top posts within the University of Wisconsin System could be in line to make some lucrative salaries.

The UW System's board of regents approved a new pay plan Friday. It expands the range of salaries that can be offered to certain new hires.

For example, the outgoing UW System president makes $418,000. Under the new plan his replacement could make anywhere from $399,000 to $598,500.

The regents say they understand the new pay scales may not resonate with the public. But they say it's important they be able to offer competitive salaries when recruiting top talent.

Republican state Rep. Stephen Nass says the move shows how out of touch the regents are. He says while Wisconsin families are struggling, the board is rewarding the "administrative elite."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 10:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker says the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents are out of touch for tentatively approving large increases in pay scales for certain top positions.

State Rep. Steve Nass of Whitewater chairs the Assembly's committee on higher education. He blasted the regents Friday as being fiscally irresponsible.

The regents' finance committee approved the expanded pay scales Thursday. The full board was to consider the plan Friday morning.

The plan would allow officials to offer new hires substantially more than their predecessors made. For example, the outgoing UW System president makes $418,000, but his replacement could make anywhere from $399,000 to $598,500.

Nass says while Wisconsin families are continuing to struggle, the regents are making sure high-level administrators can easily afford a second home or luxury car.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, October 11, 2013 --- 5:35 a.m.

SOMERS, Wis. (AP) -- A proposal that would mean higher pay scales for top University of Wisconsin System employees faces one final hurdle.

A committee of UW System regents approved the plan Thursday at UW-Parkside. Now the full board will take it up Friday morning.

The plan expands the range of salaries that can be offered to certain new hires. For example, the outgoing UW System president makes $418,000. Under the new plan his replacement could make anywhere from $399,000 to $598,500.

The regents committee acknowledged that the public could be upset by the move. But members say it's important they be able to offer competitive salaries when recruiting top talent.

The full board will also consider a proposal to modify the levels of reserve cash the campuses have to keep on hand.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, October 10, 2013 --- 9:44 a.m.

SOMERS, Wis. (AP) -- The next president of the University of Wisconsin System could make almost $600,000 per year under a proposal that the Board of Regents will consider.

The regents are meeting Thursday at UW-Parkside in Somers. The proposals they'll consider include one to hike salary ranges for top officials.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the proposal would shift the midrange salary targets for top System officials and campus leaders by an average of 17.5 percent. It would also expand the upper and lower ends of the pay scales to give Regents more flexibility in determining salaries.

The new ranges would mostly apply to new hires, and not existing administrators whose salaries are already in the proposed ranges.

The president's position would pay between $399,000 and $598,500. The outgoing president makes $414,000.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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