Despite budget issues, University of Massachusetts managed to give its staff hefty raises.
President Martin Meehan handed out salary raises up to $20,000 just months after sharp tuition increases, the Boston Herald reports. In the president’s office alone, eight people – including Meehan – now earn more than Governor Charlie Baker, who earns $150,000 a year.
A school spokeswoman told the Herald the university tries to pay staffers a similar wage found at like institutions.
“The concept of providing comparable compensation for people who perform comparable duties is key to attracting and retaining top-flight faculty and staff,’’ she said.
In addition to salary increases, UMass administrators moved into new Beacon Hill digs this year estimated to cost $1.5 million more a year in rent than the old offices, the Herald reports. The pay raises also came despite a budget deadlock between President Meehan and state legislature.
Read the full story at the Herald.