SALT LAKE CITY -- In response to a Monday letter from Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Board of Regents announced it will convene a special meeting to consider the governor's request to defer raises for college and university presidents until a more comprehensive study of salaries at comparable institutions is completed.
Board of Regents Chairman David Jordan wrote in response that Utah's presidential salaries are as much as 30 percent below the average of peer institutions.
"We are also aware that our presidents are regularly recruited by other states for significantly higher compensation," Jordan wrote. It was based on these facts, he wrote, that the Regents began addressing the issue.
Jordan praised Herbert's leadership, and added that "the Board of Regents will convene a special meeting to consider deferring salary increases until after the full compensation study has been completed."
No date for the special meeting was announced. Utah's eight public colleges and universities affected by the decision are Weber State University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College.
Weber State President F. Ann Millner has said she would donate the previously announced raise to scholarships and programs at WSU.