Sunday, January 11, 2009

UC, Cal State to freeze top salaries

With the economy in crisis and the state's budget being slashed, California's public universities announced Friday they will freeze salaries and perks for their top administrators.

The University of California and California State University systems said they would not give raises to executives on campuses or at university headquarters this year, and the UC system — pending approval by the Board of Regents next week — will cancel some bonuses for the highest-paid administrators.

The move affects hundreds of officials in the two systems: about 285 at UC and dozens more at Cal State.

The Cal State system also announced it would halt bond-financed construction on all 23 campuses. The action will suspend work on a $47 million student-services and administration building on Cal State East Bay's Hayward campus.

Construction on the 100,000-square-foot building shut down last month, said university spokesman Kim Huggett. The delay is expected to last six months, he said, adding $1.5 million to the cost.

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