The California State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the annual salary of incoming Cal Poly interim President Robert Glidden roughly the same as outgoing President Warren Baker’s.
Baker, who’s retiring at the end of this month after 31 years as Cal Poly’s president, earns $328,209 per year.
Baker is the highest-paid and, along with CSU Los Angeles President James Rosser, one of the two longest-serving of the 23 CSU presidents.
Glidden, who begins at Cal Poly on Aug. 1, will earn $328,200.
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Glidden, 73, previously served as the president of Ohio University from 1994 to 2004.
CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp said Tuesday the Cal Poly president’s salary is lower than many comparable universities nationwide.
CSU Chancellor Charles Reed has previously cited polytechnic universities elsewhere in the nation where presidents earn between $500,000 and $1 million a year — including the president of Georgia Tech, who earns more than $600,000 annually.
Uhlenkamp said executive pay rates at CSUs have been frozen the past two years.
“It’s challenging to find people to fit this role, and the leader of a highly regarded university on a national scale requires a special skill set,” he said.
Chico State University lecturer Curtis Peldo, a member of the California Faculty Association, said he attended the board meeting in Long Beach to speak out during public comment against the pay for Glidden and two other CSU executives.
“At a time when the faculty is taking 10 percent pay cuts and some are losing their jobs, and students are paying more and can’t get the courses they want, this kind of pay is out of touch,” Peldo said.
Peldo added that he believes it’s a bad analogy to compare CSU president salaries with the pay of university leaders in other states because budget situations are different.
The CSU board voted to provide Glidden with a university-owned vehicle and housing on the Cal Poly campus.
Baker receives a $60,000 housing allowance per year for his off-campus residence and a $1,000-a-month car allowance.
But Glidden won’t receive that compensation because he’s living on campus and driving a university car.
The board also voted Tuesday to provide interim San Jose State University President Don W. Kassing with a $328,200 annual salary.
Kassing’s compensation includes a $25,000 supplement from private donation money handled by a university foundation. He’ll also receive a car or a $1,000-a-month car allowance and a home at the university.
The CSU’s recently appointed vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Ephraim P. Smith, will earn $285,000 this year, the board voted Tuesday.
Smith will receive a $1,000-a-month vehicle allowance.