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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published June 18 2010

Raises approved for North Dakota college presidents

Salaries for North Dakota college and university presidents will increase an average of 1.58 percent next year, while the chancellor’s pay will go up 2.75 percent.

The state Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday in a meeting at North Dakota State University to give a $5,720 raise to Chancellor Bill Goetz.

His salary will be $213,720, plus a $20,000 housing and hosting allowance and an $11,000 vehicle allowance.

President Richie Smith said he recommended the raise to make Goetz’s pay more comparable to people in similar positions.

Board members voted 7-1 to approve raises for the presidents, with member Claus Lembke of Bismarck voting “no” because he felt he needed more information.

Goetz recommended the raises, which range from 1 percent to 2.75 percent.

“Our presidents, bottom line, are performing well,” Goetz said. “They do a tremendous job leading the institutions.”

Goetz has met with the presidents to discuss their performance and he shared the information with Smith. The evaluations have not been finalized, and board members have not had access to them.

Board member Duaine Espegard said he expected to see slightly higher raises.

“I trust your work, but it just seems to me to be on the low end,” he said.

The average salary increase for North Dakota University System employees is 4.47 percent.

Goetz said presidents have received significant raises in recent years to make their pay more competitive with their peers.

This year’s raises were more modest because the salaries are on pace with the market, Goetz said.

Goetz based the raises on merit and on how the president ranked in a range established by the board for that type of institution.

All presidents will have contracts through 2013.

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