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Amy Dalrymple, Published June 19 2009

Higher Ed Board OKs pay hikes

WAHPETON, N.D. – Presidents of North Dakota’s colleges and universities and the state’s higher education system chancellor will get 4 percent raises next year, members of the state Board of Higher Education approved Thursday.

But board members cautioned against automatically giving across-the-board raises in the future.

“I don’t think we can afford it ultimately,” said board member Grant Shaft of Grand Forks.

Raises range from $6,000 for community college presidents to $13,000 for North Dakota State University President Joseph Chapman.

Board member Michael Haugen of Fargo said raises should be tied to performance.

Goetz gave positive performance evaluations for all of the state’s higher ed presidents.

“Every single president that we have within our system, I can say with great assurance, conducted outstanding performance and work product this past year,” Goetz said.

Board member Duaine Espegard of Grand Forks said he’d like Chancellor Bill Goetz to develop a comprehensive plan for the presidents.

Members also discussed having an outside evaluator assess the presidents and the chancellor once every few years, a practice common in other states.

Board member Pam Kostelecky of Dickinson said getting input from the outside would elevate the status of the university system.

The board delayed acting on the proposal until the university presidents can weigh in on it.

With this raise, NDSU’s Chapman will earn a salary of $338,000. He also receives an $11,000 vehicle allowance and $75,000 deferred compensation from the NDSU Development Foundation, bringing his total compensation next year to $424,000.

President Bob Kelley at the University of North Dakota will get a $12,000 raise for an annual salary of $312,000. He receives mileage reimbursement rather than a vehicle allowance, a policy recently adopted for new hires.

Both Chapman and Kelley have housing provided.

Board President Richie Smith gave Goetz a positive review, calling Goetz’s relationship with the presidents “far and away the best relationship I have seen while I have been on the board.”

Goetz will get an $8,000 raise for a salary of $208,000. He also receives a $20,000 housing and hosting allowance and an $11,000 vehicle allowance.

Other presidents:

It’s important for executive salaries to be competitive with the marketplace to recruit and retain the best presidents, said Laura Glatt, vice chancellor with the university system.

Faculty and staff in the university system will see, on average, 5 percent salary increases next year, according to action by the Legislature.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590