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Report 02-11: Executive Compensation in Public Higher Education, 2001-02

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

July 2002

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This report responds to the Legislature’s directive that the Commission report annually on the compensation received by the executives at California’s public universities. For the 2001-02 academic year, we find that the average salary of presidents, superintendents, and chancellors in California’s community college districts and campuses increased, depending on the type of institution, between 6.8 and 7.7%.

The report also finds that the average salary for presidents at the California State University lags its national comparators by 21.1% for 2001-02 -- representing a significantly larger gap than in 2000-2001 when the lag was 9.8%. Likewise, the average salary for chancellors at the University of California lags its 26 national comparison institutions by 27.3 % -- the highest figure since the Commission began issuing the report in 1993-94. Beginning in 2001, the Commission directed staff to gather additional information about the value of the perquisites offered to executives at California’s two public university systems for inclusion in this report. That information is contained in this report, as well as information relating to perquisites offered to executives at community colleges and districts.

The Commission adopted this report at its meeting of July 22, 2002.

Related Topics: Faculty Salaries, Executive Compensation, Faculty and Staff Issues

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