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EDITORIAL: New CSU boss sets a good example on salaries (Los Angeles Daily News)
November 19, 2012
It didn't take long for University of California Riverside President Timothy P. White to make a good impression in his new job as chancellor of the Cal State University system.
White won't take over the CSU post until retiring Chancellor Charles Reed steps down Dec. 31. But already he has shown he understands the value of symbolism and of showing the way for others.
The CSU board was set to approve the administration's recommended annual salary of $421,500 for White, the amount that Reed currently earns, but White wouldn't have it.
In a letter to the board, he requested a 10 percent pay cut, saying it would be his contribution toward helping the CSU system through its budget problems.
The board granted White's request, approving a $380,000 state salary for him. He will also receive a $30,000 salary supplement from the California State University Foundation and a $1,000 monthly vehicle allowance, while living in the chancellor's residence in Long Beach.
He won't be hurting for cash, in other words. Still, White's move is welcome as an example. State Sen. Leland Yee, who frequently has blasted CSU administration for appearing to worry more about its executives' compensation than about students, applauded White's gesture of commitment to students.
We still think the CSU Foundation should spend its money on students and programs, not to pad the salaries of administrators.
But we're very happy to see White make his first move at CSU a step in the right direction.