ST. GEORGE -- College presidents in Utah will receive raises of up to 12 percent to help the state attract top administrators.
The Board of Regents approved the raises Friday during a meeting in St. George.
Chairman David Jordan says the salary increases are politically risky because faculty and staff haven't received pay raises for three years.
Jordan says the salaries for Utah's college presidents are up to 30 percent lower than the median salary for presidents of similar institutions in other states.
Regents are currently searching for a University of Utah president, a job that will have a base salary of $360,000 after a 3 percent salary increase. That is still 18 percent lower than the median salary of $425,000 for presidents of schools offering doctoral degrees.