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Amid criticism, CSU tweaks presidential salary comparisons

California Watch
 — Jan 18 2012 - 4:57pm

Responding to criticism from the Legislative Analyst’s Office and others, California State University officials have revised a proposed list of peer universities they plan to use to help set pay for campus executives.

The new list, provided to California Watch, no longer considers Temple University in Pennsylvania a peer of San Diego State University because Temple has a medical school – a feature that tends to drive up the cost and complexity of university operations. Temple paid its president $536,000 in base pay in 2009-10.

Aside from that, the list remains mostly the same. The end result: After removing Temple and fixing errors, the list still draws the same conclusion – that CSU executives are, for the most part, paid about the same or less than their peers.

The CSU Board of Trustees’ Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation will review the list at a Jan. 24-25 meeting, where the document is expected to be forwarded to the full board for a vote.

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