Faculty reps present grievances to Schulz

By Bryan Richardson

A group of K-State faculty members delivered to President Kirk Schulz Tuesday morning a resolution signed by 511 faculty and unclassified employees that calls for increased pay.

Schulz said he appreciates the passion and communication from faculty members on what they have deemed a longtime problem of low pay in comparison to their peers. He said the administration is currently working on a three-year plan to increase salaries.

Schulz said any increase would come 100 percent from tuition money because of the current state funding situation. The Kansas Board of Regents will receive tuition proposals from the state’s university officials June 6.

Faculty members approved the resolution during a general faculty meeting last week. The document calls for a moratorium on upper administrative pay increases and the creation of new administrative positions until the salaries of faculty and unclassified professionals have reached the median of the peer group. That involves a jump from $73,810 to $82,941 based on 2011-12 academic year figures.

Schulz said he wouldn’t be comfortable with “our hands being tied” by committing to not creating new administrative positions if it’s later deemed to be needed.

Julia Keen, 2013-14 Kansas State Faculty Senate president, said she looks forward to working with Schulz as the university moves forward.

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