University faculty to get raises despite little funds available

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Faculty and staff members will receive merit-based pay increases despite the University’s budget crunch, according to an email President William Powers Jr. sent to employees Wednesday.

The email stated that the raises are necessary to maintain the high quality of the University. The last permanent pay increases came in 2008-2009, and last year the University offered one-time bonuses. This new increase will be permanent and awarded independently of last year’s one-time payments, he wrote.

Powers wrote that the raises are only possible because deans and vice presidents made efficient cuts throughout the various University budgets.

“I want to reinforce that these salary increases are only possible through greater austerity and efficiency on the part of the entire University community,” he wrote.