February 18, 2000

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

OUS Executives Earn Salary Increase

EUGENE -- Oregon's public university executives earned performance-based salary increases Friday.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved a new salary of $149,000 per year for OUS Chancellor Joe Cox; $146,000 for the presidents of Oregon State, Portland State and the University of Oregon; and $115,000 per year for the presidents of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Eastern, Western and Southern Oregon University.

But presidents Dan Bernstine at PSU and Betty Youngblood at WOU are declining the increases until their campuses have concluded faculty salary negotiations. Both campuses are currently involved in union contract talks.

The increases will come in two installments with the first retroactive to Jan. 1, 2000, and the second to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2001.

In addition, high merit stipends of $5,000 each were awarded to OSU President Paul Risser and OIT President Martha Anne Dow.

Both were given the extra increase for their special efforts in turning around declining enrollments on their respective campuses, noted Board President Tom Imeson.

Historically, Oregon's public university executives have been earning well-below peers in other states. Their current salaries range from $137,925 at PSU, OSU and UO to $110,338 at the regional campuses.

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