Regents approve pay increase for UW chancellors Thursday

UW regents OK salary request to lawmakers
Regents approve pay increase for UW chancellors Thursday

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved raising the pay of some chancellors in the UW System Thursday.

The five chancellors who received an increase are the longest-serving in the UW System, and officials said the pay increase will help keep the leaders on par with their peers across the country.

Joseh Gow at UW-La Crosse, Dean Van Galen at UW-River Falls, Deborah Ford at UW-Parkside, Dennis Sheilds at UW-Platteville and Renee Wachter at UW-Superior will all be making $220,000, which are raises between $7,000 and $12,000.

“This is the second phase of an adjustment that hasn’t been made for three or four years,” Cross said.  “[It’s] to correct those chancellors that are very disproportionally underpaid compared to their peers and within the institution as well as the system, so it’s not an across the board pay increase.”

The regents last raised the pay of some chancellors in 2013.

UW regents OK salary request to lawmakers

University of Wisconsin System leaders have approved asking legislators for an additional $78 million to bulk up employee raises over the next two years.

System leaders said they need to increase raises to keep pace with salary increases at peer institutions. A memo they sent to regents shows that UW-Madison faculty salaries were 18 percent lower than peer faculty after adjustments for geographic costs of living. Chancellors and system leaders would have discretion in who would receive raises and how large the raises would be.

“This is an important request we are putting forward to the governor and the Legislature, and I think that’s invaluable if you think about it in terms of keeping us competitive,” Cross said.

The money would come from the state’s compensation reserves, not tuition.

The Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved making the request to the Legislature’s employment relations committee.