Private funds will pay for salary increases for the top five University of Nebraska administrators.
The raises range from two percent to 13% and will be funded by donations made to the NU Foundation. The biggest raise goes to University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Harold Maurer. The 13% bump raises his annual salary to nearly $435,000. NU President J. B. Milliken received a 12% raise and now makes 411-Thousand dollars.
NU Regent Tim Clare of Lincoln says raises are needed to retain top administrators.
“These folks are pursued regularly by other campuses to come and do the same magic that they’ve performed at Nebraska and making these other campuses better,” according to Clare.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman received a 9% raise, increasing his annual salary to slightly more than $333,000. A four percent raise goes to University of Nebraska-Kearney chancellor Doug Kristensen, who now makes slightly more than $226,000. The smallest increase, two percent, went to University of Nebraska-Omaha chancellor John Christensen. His salary now stands at a bit more than $262,000.
Clare says the Board of Regents had held off giving raises to the top administrators for a couple of years.
“The economy and the fact that we were also freezing salary increases for other employees of the university, other faculty, etcetera and staff, we didn’t feel that the timing was right,” Clare says.