CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen said he will accept this year's 4 percent salary increase, but that all of the money will be returned to the university.

"I'm not sure where yet because I haven't talked to my wife," he said.

The Allens are in the process of establishing an endowment fund that will provide scholarships for women in math and science fields. He said the money may go there or to one of the other programs they support, like the debate team.

The Board of Regents unanimously approved a 4 percent base salary increase for the three university presidents. Allen's increase amounted to $12,800, bringing his base salary to $332,800.

University of Iowa President Sally Mason's base salary increased to $483,600. The bump brings Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy's base salary to $440,249.

Mason and Allen also saw increases to their deferred compensation packages. Geoffroy, who will leave ISU no later than July 31, 2012, will not be eligible for any deferred compensation.

This was the first increase in three years for Allen, who declined last year's 3.3 percent increase because of a series of cuts to the school's state appropriations. Geoffroy also declined that increase.

Mason accepted the raise, but it was her first since joining the university in 2007. None of the presidents received salary increases in 2009.

Regents Executive Director Bob Donley also received a 4 percent increase, bringing his base salary to $153,816.

Iowa School for the Deaf Superintendent Jeanne Prickett's salary remains $135,674. Patrick Clancy, the superintendent at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School also received a 4 percent increase, making his base salary $138,580.

Meeting coverage:
- UPDATE: UNI's president will return salary increase to university
- Layoffs, cuts expected at UNI
- Iowa braille school moves to rebuild after storm
- Lang defends his media silence
- Transcript of Lang's speech at the meeting


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(20) comments

panther13
panther13

Glad to see all these head honcho public employs are getting raises during this budget crisis!!!

Bassopotamus

And the facutly basically got a net cut since the raises were small, the contribution for the health plan increased, and the amount of life insurance coverage was cut, necessitating the purchase of supplemental. Yay!

waterloofire

we are in a budget crisis NOT a financial crisis! The state is doing very well financially and has over 1 billion in surplus. But I agree with you; 4% for the President but the subordinates got less!

dartguy

[quote]Bassopotamus said: "And the facutly basically got a net cut since the raises were small, the contribution for the health plan increased, and the amount of life insurance coverage was cut, necessitating the purchase of supplemental. Yay!"[/quote]

But the union employees have those same health care increases but have taken a 30% pay cut in the last 2 years.

Justfortoday

And so the staff is facing budget cuts and possible layoffs at UNI? ok, that really justifies this pay hike...not.

uni-taxpayer

The 4% salary increase has to be a joke, right? I'm paying tuition increases every year and this is what it's going for?!?!

jjd

$332,000 / year to the guy that hired Gloria Gibon as provost?

4bikers
4bikers

If we quit giving raises to public employees whenever anyone had a problem with it, they would never, ever get a raise.

TimXXX
TimXXX

In this economy never should they get raises of any kind. If fact they should be cut the same percent their budget is.

Out-of-towner
Out-of-towner

I'd be smiling too if I got a 4% raise. I remember years that I got 0% raise... nothing, nada, zippo. BUT... I didn't have an Armani suit either.
TimXXX-Just a warning. I had that same avatar and was chided by REOJOE, TimBrackett and others. So, I posted the State flag of Mississippi and was challenged on that also. Try the Alaska flag. It's pretty harmless. Damn Yankees

Justfortoday

and he's giving the raise back, how generous of him...thanks.

jjd

[quote]jjd said: "$332,000 / year to the guy that hired Gloria Gibon as provost?"[/quote]

Oops. Gloria Gibson.

Ha Ha Happy Now

.TimXXX-Just a warning. I had that same avatar and was chided by REOJOE, TimBrackett and others. So, I posted the State flag of Mississippi and was challenged on that also. Try the Alaska flag. It's pretty harmless. Damn Yankees"[/quote]

LMAO, yes the Alaska flag represents Sarah( I quit in mid term) Palin. Her movie raked in about $5000.00,too bad the guy selling the popcorn made more than the movie did.

Kernel
Kernel

Thank you to the president for returning his raise. It's not much, but every little bit helps.

And an icon that only shows the confederate part of the MS state flag doesn't really sing "Mississippdi" to most folk. I really don't care, myself. I'm from California and understand that where you live may not be where you're from, and where you are may not best represent your specific values.

Bassopotamus

[quote]dartguy said: "But the union employees have those same health care increases but have taken a 30% pay cut in the last 2 years."[/quote]

Point well taken...

caab0608

I cant complain about him getting a 4% raise since he's putting it back into the school...I think people are missing the point there. Also, can he teach the governor to do that with his retirement or his paycheck since he's getting both? I think that money could get at least a couple of jobs back for ohh I don't know how about social workers trying to ensure the well being of our children...or the education system trying to improve our children's future. That's where I find my issues.

UNIGrad99

[quote]dartguy said: "But the union employees have those same health care increases but have taken a 30% pay cut in the last 2 years."[/quote]

Really dart, a 30% pay cut? If that is the case, you must have the worst union in the world. In fact, why would you bother paying dues to them, they are obviously incapable of looking out for you?

4bikers
4bikers

[quote]UNIGrad99 said: "Really dart, a 30% pay cut? If that is the case, you must have the worst union in the world. In fact, why would you bother paying dues to them, they are obviously incapable of looking out for you?"[/quote]

It is probably that political math. They were expecting a 33.5% raise, only got 3.5% so they call it a 30% pay cut.

reojoe
reojoe

[quote]UNIGrad99 said: "Really dart, a 30% pay cut? If that is the case, you must have the worst union in the world. In fact, why would you bother paying dues to them, they are obviously incapable of looking out for you?"[/quote]

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UNIGrad99

Wow what Joe? Is there a rebuttal in there? You're amazed by the logic?

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