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July 1, 1998

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Regents Approve Salary Increases for 35 UW Executives;
Action Follows Legislative Support for New Pay Ranges


 

MADISON Concluding an analysis and evaluation process lasting more than nine months, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Tuesday approved salary increases for 35 UW executives, including UW System President Katharine C. Lyall.
The action follows completion of a UW System senior executive salary study prepared by the state Department of Employment Relations (DER) at the request of Gov. Tommy G. Thompson and unanimous approval June 17 of a new executive salary schedule by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JOCER).
In May the Legislature approved new salary groups for UW executives which directed that new pay ranges be recommended by DER and approved by JOCER.
In submitting the DER analysis to the Governor last January, DER Secretary Jon Litscher noted that Wisconsin's university system is at a disadvantage nationally in recruiting and retaining its top leaders.
"The information gathered indicates that salaries for senior executives at the UW, on average, lag the median salaries of the peer institutions, placing the University at a disadvantage in recruiting and, in limited cases, retaining senior executives," Litscher reported to the Governor.
Specifically, the DER study noted that 1997-98 UW System senior executive salaries trailed peer salaries by an average of 20 percent, from a low of 13 percent to as much as 59 percent. Regent policy calls for the mid-point of the senior executive salary range to be set at 95 percent of the average paid by comparable universities across the country. "Our review concludes that current statutory language has hindered the UW System in being competitive with the market for salaries for executive positions," Litscher reported.
Regent President San W. Orr, Jr. said the university and, ultimately, the state will benefit from the support given by Gov. Thompson, DER Secretary Litscher and the Legislature for executive salary adjustments.
"Wisconsin, with a population of about 5 million citizens, enjoys a public university system that rivals California, Illinois, New York and Texas," Orr noted. "If we wish to compete in this quality arena and we must, if Wisconsin's economy is to continue growing then we must attract the top educational leadership talent to maintain educational quality. It is as simple as that."
Orr further noted that the UW System's administrative costs are the lowest in the nation 5.8 percent of its overall budget compared with an average of 10.8 percent for the other major public university systems in the U.S. "The UW System has some of the best academic leadership in the country," Orr said. "Clearly, it is our goal to continue to recruit the best and be among the top-managed university systems in the nation."
Salaries approved Tuesday will be funded through existing pay plan dollars and budget reallocations; tuition will remain unaffected by the increases. The following adjustments were approved:
 

Office

Current
salary

New
salary

BOR range
midpoint

President

Katharine C. Lyall

$153,654

181,527

244,038

Chancellors

David Ward (MSN)

140,323

165,025

226,252

John Schroeder (MIL)

134,800

134,800

172,315

Nancy Zimpher (MIL) 
    (8/1/98)

 

175,000

172,315

Marjorie Smelstor 
    (Interim)

108,000 

108,000 

136,896 

Donald Mash 
    (8/1/98) 

 

135,000 

136,896 

Mark Perkins (GBY) 

118,000 

129,800 

136,896 

Judith Kuipers (LAC) 

122,500 

134,750 

136,896

John Kerrigan (OSH) 

122,500 

134,750 

136,896

John Ostheimer (PKS) 
    (Interim)

108,000 

108,000 

136,896

John Keating (PKS) 
    (7/1/98)

 

125,500 

136,896

David Markee (PLT) 

116,500 

128,000 

136,896

Gary Thibodeau (RVF) 

128,000 

140,800 

136,896

Thomas George (STP) 

116,500 

128,000 

136,896

Charles Sorensen (STO) 

126,000 

138,600 

136,896

Julius Erlenbach (SUP) 

116,500 

128,000 

136,896

W. Gaylon Greenhill (WTW) 

122,500 

134,750 

136,896

William Messner (COLLEGES)

115,600 

126,000 

136,896

Albert Beaver (EXTENSION) 
    (Interim)

115,600 

126,000

136,896

Vice Chancellors 

John Wiley (MSN) 

139,000 

152,900 

167,466 

Kenneth Watters (MIL) 

121,300 

144,932 

144,932 

Thomas Miller (EAU)
    (Interim)

100,500 

105,500 

111,618 

Howard Cohen (GBY) 

104,000 

109,450 

111,618

Leo Lambert (LAC) 

103,500 

108,850 

111,618 

Vicki Lord Larson (OSH) 

105,000 

110,600 

111,618 

John Ostheimer (PKS)
    (Return 7/1/98) 

 

107,050 

111,618 

Ralph Curtis (PLT)
    (Interim through 6/30/98)

104,000 

 104,000

111,618 

Carol Sue Butts (PLT)
    (7/1/98)

 

106,500

111,618

Robert Milam (RVF)

105,000 

110,600 

111,618 

William Meyer (STP) 

102,000 

107,350 

111,618 

Robert Sedlak (STO)
    (Acting 3/1/98)

100,500 

105,350 

111,618 

Charles Schelin (SUP) 

100,500 

106,500 

111,618 

Larry Davis (WTW)
    (Interim through 6/30/98)

100,500 

100,500 

111,618 

David Prior (WTW)
    (7/1/98)

 

106,500 

111,618 

Marie Wunsch (COLLEGES) 

99,300 

104,000 

111,618 

Kevin Reilly (EXTENSION) 

107,000 

112,700 

111,618 

Vice Presidents

David J. Ward
    (Senior vice president for academic affairs)

130,000 

145,000 

142,900 

David Olien
    (Interim senior vice president for administration)

124,800 

140,000 

142,900 

Marcia Bromberg
    (Vice president fo finance)

112,100 

118,000 

120,220 

Margaret Lewis
    (Acting vice president for university relations)

92,000

96,000

120,000

Orr said these adjustments generally reposition individuals properly within the new ranges. However, Orr said, the Regents have asked Secretary Litscher to give further consideration to a few, including UW System President Lyall, UW-Madison Chancellor Ward and UW-Madison Vice Chancellor Wiley to ensure these positions are competitive within the markets identified in the DER study.
"The duties of a university chancellor are more complicated today than even a few years ago and increasingly require a wide range of skills," Orr said. "It is no longer sufficient that chancellors be excellent scholars and administrators. Now they must be fund-raisers, visible ambassadors to their home communities, the state and the world, and have the skill to manage complicated budgets drawn from a variety of public- and private-sector sources."
Discussion of the few selected additional adjustments among the Regents and with the DER secretary is expected soon, Orr said. He emphasized that even with the potential benefit of selected additional increases, these proposed adjustments would be within the salary ranges established by JOCER.
"The Board of Regents has long struggled in recent years with inequities created in the previous UW System executive salary schedule," Orr said. "We are appreciative of the support from the Legislature, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations, Secretary Litscher and Governor Thompson for streamlining the executive salary structure and bringing it closer to the competitive market," Orr said.
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