MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Despite legislative criticism, the UW Board of Regents voted Friday to increase salary ranges for the university's top officials.
Regents' vice president Regina Millner said she realizes how sensitive the issue is -- but as the UW is about to fill some major vacancies, officials say the current pay ranges are too low to attract the best leaders.
Much of the focus has been on the highest possible salary for System President Kevin Reilly's replacement. It's now just short of $600,000 a year.
Millner says people are wrongly focusing on the top figures, instead of lower mid-points based on what other schools are paying.
Earlier Friday, Assembly Higher Education panel chairman Steve Nass called UW Regents out of touch. The Whitewater Republican said the Regents are rewarding the, "administrative elite" instead of helping students and families still struggling to pay their bills.
Also Friday, the Regents approved pay raises for 10 of the 14 campus chancellors -- their first raises in five years, averaging about 3.33 percent. They were granted under existing pay ranges.
Millner said their mid-points are much lower than similar chancellors elsewhere.