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Lead Higher Education Reporter Jordan Bach-Lombardo and Higher Education Team Member Nina Brown speak on changes to executive compensation from the Janurary 9th Board of Regents Meeting.

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With the UC facing large state funding reductions, the UC Board of Regents approved over $150,000 in pay raises from UC general funds and created a new position at their meeting on Jan. 19, dipping into the diminishing state contributions to the university.

Three UC Office of the President administrators - Chief Risk Officer Grace Crickette, Assistant Vice President for Financial Services and Controls Dan Sampson and Executive Director for Capital Markets Sandra Kim - received pay increases of 10 percent from their 2009-10 salary levels.

Additionally, John Wilton was appointed to the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at UC Berkeley, with a salary level $91,900 higher than what had been previously budgeted for a position of similar duties - bringing his total compensation to $375,000.

"It's really hard to see those kinds of actions taken," said Kathryn Lybarger, a lead gardener at UC Berkeley and a member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. "It's really hard to see Yudof and the university adding more executive positions and more executive compensation at a time like this when people like me are being asked to bear more cost for the benefits."

However, salary changes over the 2010 calendar year have also included significant decreases, and the compensation amount for many positions fell as far as 40 percent below the median market value during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Funding for employee compensation for nonmedical center positions came from a range of sources, with many appointments paid for by state funding, general university funds provided by the state or nonstate funding - including revenues from bond sales or auxiliary sources like dormitories and parking, according to UC spokesperson Steve Montiel.

While the regents approved less than $200,000 in compensation increases drawn from state general funds on Jan. 19, compensation increases for medical center employees totaled over $3 million - funds taken from revenue generated by the UC medical centers.

Paul Staton, chief financial officer of UCLA's hospital system, saw his base salary rise from $380,000 to $420,000 at the Jan. 19 meeting.

Salary increases totaling $45,236 for members of the senior management group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were also approved at the Jan. 19 meeting. Funding for these increases comes from U.S. Department of Energy funds, which support the facility.

While medical center employees and those working in federally funded institutions like Berkeley Lab still receive compensation increases, the practice of paying out incentives and bonuses to those paid out of state funds has been waning since UC President Mark Yudof called for a halt to supplementing employee paychecks with incentives and bonuses in 2009.

"There were roughly 70 incentive plans when Mark Yudof became president in 2008," Montiel said. "In general, UC no longer provides incentive plans, except for two right now: one for employees at medical centers and one for employees at the Treasurer's Office, where incentive plans have proven to be valuable tools for driving performance toward strategic goals and retaining key people in competitive fields."

Though performance-based incentives have been paid out - payments intended for the 2007-08 fiscal year were deferred until 2009-10 - the university has halted the distribution of bonuses, Montiel said.


Contact Jordan Bach-Lombardo and Nina Brown at [email protected]

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