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TOP UND STAFF TO GET RAISES
MONEY FROM HIGHER TAX INTAKE WOULD OFFSET REFERRAL CUTS

Several top UND administrators are scheduled to share in $1.3 million in pay raises later this fall. Money for raises comes mostly from higher-than-anticipated state tax collections.  Administrators were not supposed to be in line for raises this year higher education officials have said. But some exceptions will be made.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Alice Clark and several deans and associate deans of UND and its medical school would get raises before Christmas. UND has budgeted increase of $4,000 to $6,000 a year for a few academic administrators. UND budget director William Crow said President Thomas Clifford asked that selected academic administrators get raises on the basis of merit and making their salaries more competitive with other states. At the medical school, Dean Edwin James and fiscal officer Randy Ekan said administrators hold faculty appointments and deserve raises like other faculty members.

Higher education officials point out that faculty salaries in North Dakota are running 20 percent behind regional averages and that professional support staff and administrative salaries are trailing a similar amount. However, for the general faculty, there will be selective raises of 3 percent to 4 percent at the end of next month. Amounts will vary from department to department.

The state Board of Higher Education, which considers revised budgets went along with legislative intent not to give raises to state-classified support staff workers this year.

The small group of administrators scheduled for raises includes the deans of the UND colleges of business, education and law. Those deans got raises last year, too.

Administrators scheduled for raises at UND and medical school with proposed new salaries.

Grand Forks Herald, November 1, 1990