Last year Californians were outraged when California State
University, in the midst of very difficult economic conditions,
raised student fees 12 percent and simultaneously gave a $100,000
raise to the presidential position at San Diego State University.
This raise is in addition to the SDSU President's car allowance and
$1.1 million dollar home.
CSU's actions generated severe criticism across the state from
students, faculty, taxpayers and many editorial boards. Governor
Jerry Brown warned CSU that their "...approach to compensation is
setting a pattern for public service we cannot afford."
Despite this backlash, CSU has not gotten the point. Instead of
creating a policy for its executives that relies on economic and
budgeting realities, CSU is prepared to adopt a sweeping new
proposal that would justify substantial new raises for virtually all
of their presidents across the state.
By asking for adoption of this flawed policy, CSU leadership is
essentially telling us to go pound sand.
Tell the CSU to withdraw their misguided executive pay proposal.
On Wednesday, the CSU Board of Trustees will consider this
unaffordable and misguided proposal. Not only have I written a
letter and white paper to the CSU requesting them to withdraw this
proposal, but I intend to attend the meeting and make the case in
Tell CSU they are a public institution, not a Wall Street firm.
Please add your voice to those opposed to the CSU executive
TED W. LIEU