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CSU Cancelling Upcoming Meeting on Fears of Protest

| November 30, 2011
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First the University of California regents, now the California State University trustees.

The CSU Board of Trustees has just canceled a special meeting scheduled for December 5 over concerns about protesters and crowd control. The Board was set to consider updating its policy on presidential compensation.

This from the press release:

“We made this decision based upon our experience at the last board meeting where a large number of protestors attended, which is difficult to manage under the best of circumstances,” said CSU Board Chair Herbert L. Carter. “Our ability to guarantee the safety of crowds that we anticipate may wish to attend has been further compromised due to the damage to the entrance of our building that is still under repair. In light of all of this, and the fact that the agenda for the special meeting included only one action item, the board made the prudent decision to cancel the meeting.”

Our friends at California Watch have been following the presidential pay debate that was to come up for consideration. Right now the pay varies widely. The gap between highest and lowest is $140,000.

There’s been special focus on this issue at San Diego State University where the new president is making about $400,000/year – $100,000 more than his predecessor – at the same time student tuition was boosted 12 percent.

The presidential compensation policy is now scheduled to be considered by the board as part of its regularly scheduled January 24/25 meeting agenda.

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Rachel Dornhelm got her start in radio at WHYY. After anthropology graduate school, Rachel lived in Uzbekistan working with youth near the drying Aral Sea. Rachel returned to radio full-time in 2001. Her work has appeared on WNYC, WBUR, Marketplace, NPR news magazines and KQED. Reach Rachel Dornhelm at rdornhelm@kqed.org.

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