LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is criticizing a plan to increase the salary of a California State University president when deep budget cuts are prompting the 23-campus system to raise tuition.

   By a 4-2 vote, a committee of the CSU Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $400,000 compensation package for the Elliot Hirshman, the incoming president of San Diego State University. That’s $100,000 more than his predecessor.

   The full board is scheduled to vote on Hirshman’s pay Tuesday afternoon.

   In a letter to the board, Brown questioned whether Hirshman needed to be paid twice as much of the nation’s Chief Justice. He asked the board to re-evaluate how it sets administrator salaries.

   CSU officials defended the move, saying the university needs to provide competitive compensation to recruit and retain top administrators.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. Dave says:

    More wasted tax dollars. My tax dollars idiot!

  2. Reality says:

    This is an interesting topic.

    On Brown’s side:

    #1) I applaud Brown for trying to cut spending.

    #2) It’s not like SDSU is some super prestigious bastion of higher education who is pulling in Harvard’s Vice Chancellor.

    On SDSU’s side:

    #3) The President of a university is essentially a CEO. Compare the $400K versus many large sized company’s CEOs.

    #4) Brown’s argument that he’s making twice as much as the Chief Justice of the US is rather absurd. Chief Justice Roberts was making over $1M per YEAR when he was a partner at his law firm before he went into the US Court of Appeals and later to the Supreme Court. So he is a very rich man already who took a job that is a great honor in exchange for a massive drop in salary.


  3. Mace says:

    WOW…Really? This is a J O K E, Right?

  4. Jeff says:

    Brown doesn’t have room to complain,

    He should give up his 4 pensions, and take a $1 a year salary as Arnold Did, if he cares so much about the debt, oh and stop attacking police and fire first, the should be attacked last, they are the only services the constitution says the state and counties are obligate to provide,but they just want to make a political statement by putting people’s lives and well being at risk for their own agenda.

    Shameful dems, very shameful.

  5. TJ says:

    Whatever!! Just another day in the state of california… what a joke. Morally bankrupt!

  6. Tax Payer says:

    This is why they are raising the tuition fees, so the top administrators can hobb knobb with the rest of their CEO cronies about how they are fleecing the public out of their hard earned money. Moral of the story: Get a loan to get a MBA degree. Lose any compassion and morallity that might get in the way. Back stab, bribe, blackmail, and but kiss your way up the corporate ladder. Get a riduculously high paying job for all your misdeeds and reap millions(billions if you’re really good). Justify your pay for all of your hard earned efforts…. 🙂

Leave a Reply