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Governor opposes pay raise for UC Berkeley chancellor

1:20 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have voted against giving the new chancellor of UC Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns. 

The two politicians said during a meeting of the University of California's governing board on Tuesday that they fully support Columbia University Dean Nicholas Dirks' selection as Berkeley's chancellor, but could not endorse a salary increase given the state's financial condition. 

One other regent joined Brown and Newsom in voting for Dirks' appointment, but against his $486,800 base salary. 

Several of the 11 regents who endorsed Dirks' compensation package noted that the pay raise will be funded by private donations to UC Berkeley's foundation and that even with the bump in pay the chancellor will be making less than his counterparts at most other major public universities.

The Associated Press

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