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California’s Governor Opposes Pay of New UC-Riverside Chancellor


The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 9, 2013.  Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat who sits on the University of California’s Board of Regents, voted on Thursday to oppose the $354,000 compensation package for Kim A. Wilcox, the Riverside campus’s new chancellor.Mr. Brown voiced opposition to the compensation during a meeting at which the board voted unanimously to approve Mr. Wilcox’s appointment. The $354,000 represents a $29,000—or nearly 9 percent—increase over the pay for Riverside’s previous chancellor, Timothy P. White, who left last year to become chancellor of the California State University system. Last fall Mr. Brown also opposed a pay raisefor the Berkeley campus’s new chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks.

That the difference will come from private funds and not state coffers did not sway the governor.

“I consider the growth in inequality in California, the U.S. and the world in general a problem that is tearing apart the social fabric,” said Brown, who did not attend the session in Riverside but joined in a telephone conference call. “My goal is to slow down or change that. I have no particular proposal for the university … but I do want to register my objection. It’s nothing personal with the candidate.”

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and regent Norman J. Pattiz joined Brown in voting against the compensation. Wilcox will also receive an annual $8,916 car allowance and a campus residence that is maintained with non-state funds.

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