Board of Gov­er­nors awards 11 UNC sys­tem chan­cel­lors pay raises or bonuses

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY JANE STANCILL

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Eleven chan­cel­lors in the UNC sys­tem were awarded raises or bonuses Fri­day by the UNC Board of Gov­er­nors. The largest in­crease went to the leader of N.C. State Univer­sity.

Raises were 4.99 per­cent for nine chan­cel­lors, rang­ing from $ 14,889 for Chan­cel­lor Robin Cum­mings at UNC Pem­broke to $ 31,577 for Chan­cel­lor Randy Wood­son at NCSU. Wood­son was the only chan­cel­lor to be given a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

In a sep­a­rate vote, the board agreed to a nearly five-year ex­ten­sion through June 2023. Wood­son’s an­nual salary will be $664,387.

Two chan­cel­lors re­ceived in­creases, but not at the 4.99 per­cent level. Chan­cel­lor Todd Roberts of the N.C. School of Sci­ence and Math­e­mat­ics in Durham was given a 2.5 per­cent raise, or $ 5,982, plus a bonus in the same amount. His new base salary will be $ 245,268. N.C. Cen­tral Univer­sity Chan­cel­lor John­son Akinl­eye re­ceived a 2.5 per­cent bonus, or $8,125, and no raise. His base salary is $325,000.

Chan­cel­lor Carol Folt of UNC-Chapel Hill was not given a raise.

The trustees on the UNC cam­pus asked UNC sys­tem Pres­i­dent Mar­garet Spellings to move Folt’s qua­dren­nial re­view, which was sched­uled for the end of the year, to March, said UNC sys­tem spokesman Josh El­lis. In light of that, any an­nual raise would come then.

Folt’s cur­rent salary is $632,810.

The Board of Gov­er­nors met for more than two and a half hours be­hind closed doors Fri­day. The agenda said the board was con­sid­er­ing a re­port from Spellings, per­son­nel is­sues and a le­gal up­date.

The vote on the slate of raises was split, with 17 mem­bers of the 28-mem­ber board vot­ing yes. One mem­ber, Dr. Bob Ru­cho, a for­mer Repub­li­can state law­maker, said he could not vote for the slate of raises be­cause of one in­di­vid­ual, who he said “has demon­strated some un­pro­fes­sional be­hav­ior.” Ru­cho did not iden­tify the per­son or the be­hav­ior to which he re­ferred.

Some chan­cel­lors who did not re­ceive raises were hired within the past two years, mak­ing them in­el­i­gi­ble, ac­cord­ing to the board’s wishes. But that wasn’t the case for all.

El­wood Robin­son, the chan­cel­lor at Win­stonSalem State Univer­sity, did not re­ceive a raise and he has served since 2015.

Ce­cil Sta­ton, the chan­cel­lor at East Carolina Univer­sity, has served nearly two and a half years and did not get a raise. His base salary is $450,000. There has been spec­u­la­tion re­cently that Sta­ton would soon leave his po­si­tion, though that ru­mor was de­nied by cam­pus lead­ers.

Stancill: 919- 829- 4559; @janes­tancill

JILL KNIGHT jhknight@new­sob­server.com

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