The Cal State University Board of Trustees today may vote to halt executive salary or benefit raises by public funding but would still permit the board to pay such expenses from private foundation money or donors.
The Board, which meets at the system's Long Beach headquarters, has been criticized by faculty, students and parents for substantial pay raises and hiring bonuses to newly hired college executives while state budgets have cut CSU funding and forced several student tuitition hikes. A student protest at CSU headquarters last year turned into a melee and ended the meeting.
Last week, a dozen CSU students including Long Beach State vowed to fast for a week to demand a 5-year tuition freeze and draw board attention to the issue.
The result has, fairly or unfairly, been a public relations mess for the Cal State Board of Trustees. A Board spokesman told the Press Telegram that today's proposal was an effort to acknowledge the public outcry, and shift the pay burden into private hands while permitting the board to attract top talent.