The CSU Board of Trustees voted Tuesday afternoon on incoming Cal Poly interim president Robert Glidden’s salary, which will be $328,000, the same as retiring president Warren Baker.
CSU officials say the salary is lower than what many universities nationwide pay their presidents and the amount is needed to bring in a qualified leader of a university with a strong national reputation.
But CSU faculty union officials say the salary is too high and doesn’t reflect the 10 percent pay cuts through furloughs that Cal Poly faculty and staff faced this year.
A new search for a permanent Cal Poly president begins in the fall after the CSU Board of Trustees decided not to hire two finalists in a search this spring; a third finalist withdrew his name and cited the salary amount as one of his reasons for that decision.
Cal Poly’s interim president is expected to receive roughly the same salary as outgoing president Warren Baker, according to Cal State University officials.
The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the salary for interim president Robert Glidden this afternoon.
Baker earns $328,209 in addition to a $60,000 allowance for housing. Glidden is expected to earn $328,200 after the CSU Board votes, said CSU spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp.
Uhlenkamp said he expects Glidden to use the home on campus for the president. Baker lives in a residence off campus.
Glidden is expected to start his interim position on Aug. 1 after Baker retires as the longest-serving CSU president. Baker began serving as president at Cal Poly in 1979.