Regents panel gives Dynes power to increase salaries
Full board to vote today on the move
Tanya Schevitz, SF Chronicle Staff Writer, Thursday, March 16, 2006
Los Angeles -- The University of California Board of Regents continued to move forward with a new pay structure
that gives UC President Robert Dynes broad authority to raise salaries.
The board's move came despite a plea Wednesday from State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria (Santa Barbara
County), to hold off on the plan, known as slotting.
Meeting behind closed doors, a committee of regents tentatively placed 118 administrators from UC's medical
centers, the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories, the Secretary of the Regents and the
treasurer's offices into salary ranges from $117,000 to $178,000 at the bottom range and from $554,000 to $887,000
in the top range.
The full board will vote in open session today to complete the committee's action.
At their last meeting in January, the regents placed 284 top managers into various salary ranges -- the lowest range
being from $131,000 to $199,000 and the highest being from $405,000 to $707,000. That gives Dynes the power to
boost salaries for some executives by hundreds of thousands of dollars over three years without the board's approval.
Maldonado told the regents during their meeting Wednesday at UCLA that they should wait for the results of an
audit on UC compensation practices before moving ahead with the new plan. The audit is expected to be released in
a few weeks.
UC has been criticized for violating its own compensation policies. In some cases, UC administrators gave
executives extra pay and perks without telling the regents or the public.
"The job slotting gives too much unilateral authority to the president without adequate checks by the regents,"
Maldonado said. "There needs to be more oversight, not less."
Previously, the regents needed to approve any salary of more than $168,000.
Faculty representatives had also asked the regents to hold off on the new plan, saying "methodology for determining
salary ranges is flawed and needs to be revised."
They said it does not take into consideration the full compensation of executives, just base pay.
Regents Chairman Gerald Parsky defended the new pay structure.
"The underlying intent of that concept is not to delegate more authority at all but to give more clarity to the process,"
he said. "This is a policy we are working on very carefully."
In addition, he said that there were some controls on Dynes' authority. The regents must approve the salaries of UC's
32 top managers.
In addition, until July, the regents must approve salaries of more than $200,000 or raises of more than 7.5 percent.
No specific pay increases using the slotting have been approved, and Parsky said the state budget restricts how much
salaries can rise.
The regents also plan to meet in closed session today to reassess the salary grades that Dynes and 10 campus
chancellors were assigned in January.
Parsky said the regents want to reconsider the slotting of those 11 executives using their total compensation,
including free housing, and their job responsibilities and functions.
He said UC must continue to use base salary alone for other executives, because it can't obtain enough data to
compare their total compensation to counterparts at other schools.
The regents also approved several individual stipends and salary increases Wednesday, including an administrative
stipend of $25,125 for Joyce Justus, interim systemwide vice provost, who is taking on leadership of the student
affairs department. She will make $192,625, replacing Vice President Winston Doby who will retire June 1.
Doby's retirement comes after he was publicly rebuked in January for appearing to engage in favoritism in three
hires, including the son of then-Provost M.R.C. Greenwood, who resigned after she was found to have hired her
friend and business partner into a $192,000 job.
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