President Sias gets glowing review, raise

Katheran Wasson Published:

 

Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents.

Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.

The board conducted Sias’ review during a lengthy closed session. She presented them with a 40-page report detailing the university’s accomplishments during the last year.

“In recognition for all Dr. Sias has done and the advancements she’s made for the university during the past year, the board is interested in rewarding her,” Douglas said. 

“She is a team player, and she wanted any reward or pay increase to be in consistent with the rest of the staff and faculty.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of Sias’ pay raise. They also created a deferred compensation retirement account for her, and will contribute between $25,000 and $35,000 to it in the coming year.

In May, the Board of Regents voted to raise faculty and staff pay for the first time in several years.

Sias said at the time that employees would likely get a 3 percent boost in October, but that hinges on the university’s fall enrollment figures.

She told The State Journal Friday that employees could get a 1 percent increase to their base pay in October and a 2 percent raise in December.

The raises are a small part of the university’s $58.6 million budget for 2011-2012. The 3 percent salary increase for all employees will cost the university $581,000 next year, Sias said.

The raise is similar to what other local government employees have received in recent years.

The board also voted unanimously to promote Hinfred McDuffie to the position of executive vice president for administration. He currently serves as vice president for administration, external relations and development.

 

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