The Kansas Board of Regents has implemented a one-year salary and compensation freeze on three university presidents, including Emporia State President Michael Lane.
“I think that the Regents have done the right thing in regards to presidents’ compensation and that hopefully they will continue in that mode until such time that we’re able to raise the money for the rest of our staff so that we’re all treated similarly,” Lane said.
Lane’s state salary is $202,540, with a compensation cap at $213,200.
“The difference between those amounts comes from outside sources, like the foundation,” said Kip Petersen, director of government relations & communications for the KBR.
Academic affairs committee member Christine Downey-Schmidt, who was originally appointed to the KBR in 2005 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, brought forth the motion because of “the difficult budget and revenue situation confronting our state, our higher education system, and our state universities.”
“I don’t think their reason (to freeze the salaries) is necessarily to help with the budget, but all of our faculty and the vast majority of our staff got no raises this year because of the budget situation,” Lane said. “The amount that a president would get in a raise wouldn’t have a significant impact on that, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to get a raise in a time where all of our faculty and staff are being held without raises – that’s what makes it fair and equitable.”
Wichita State President Donald Beggs’ salary is $255,298, with $277,160 the cap for compensation. Fort Hays State President Ed Hammond’s salary is $202,593 with a compensation cap at $223,860.
The salaries of the KSU, PSU and KU presidents were not included in the motion because their salaries had already been set when they were hired earlier this year.