California’s Governor Opposes Pay Raise for New UC-Berkeley Chief

Gov. Jerry Brown criticized the University of California’s Board of Regents for agreeing to pay the Berkeley campus’s new leader $50,000 more than his predecessor, even though the extra money will be paid by private donors. Mr. Brown sits on the board that voted on Tuesday to approve the appointment of Nicholas B. Dirks,who will succeed Robert J. Birgeneau in June. One other regent joined Mr. Brown and the state’s lieutenant governor in voting to approve the new chancellor’s appointment but against his compensation package, according to the Associated Press.

“The $50,000 increase above the incumbent, even though that incumbent has not received a pay raise, does not fit within the spirit of servant leadership that I think will be required over the next several years,” Brown said during a telephone meeting of UC’s governing board of regents.

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