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U. Wisconsin System Chancellors Pay Raises Postponed Amid Shaky Economy

This story was written by Justin Eells, The Daily Cardinal
The UW System Board of Regents, which was set to consider raising the salaries of four UW chancellors, removed the item Wednesday from the agenda of this weeks Regents meeting.

According to UW System spokesperson David Giroux, the Regents will not consider the pay raises due to the poor state of the economy.

In consideration of the extreme turmoil in our economy this was just the wrong time for our board to consider these kinds of salary adjustments, Giroux said.

The Regents were set to consider raises for UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos Santiago, UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor David Wilson, UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Linda Bunnell and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich.

The item will not likely be put back on the Regents agenda in the near future and has been postponed indefinitely, according Giroux. He said further cuts in spending are not currently on the agenda.

The obvious [result] is that we have four chancellors whose salaries will remain even further behind their peers than they would have been, Giroux said.

The salary increases being considered were routine market adjustments, according to Giroux.

Such adjustments are considered on a case by case basis, and this was simply a case of bad timing, Giroux said.

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