The UC Regents approved an 8 percent tuition increase today, as expected. At yesterday’s meeting, they also approved some new hires earning what some may consider to be hefty salaries in these lean times.

Here’s the Report of Interim Actions from the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff, which lists hires above a certain pay grade that were approved yesterday. The list includes a Vice Chancellor of Research at UC Davis who will make $370,000 plus a combined hiring bonus/relocation allowance of $111,000, in addition to reimbursement for “furnished temporary lodging” and parking for up to 90 days. Total cash compensation: $481,000.

According to the report, the prior employee in this position made $237,400.

Another Vice Chancellor of Research, at UC Irvine, will receive $300,000, a 9.2% hike over the salary of the previous employee.

Reporter Caitlin Esch talked to Nathan Brostrum, Executive VP of Business Operations for UC, about the recently approved salaries. Brostrum said that UC sets compensation by looking at the market median, not the salary of the previous employee in a particular job.

“If you look at our senior management,” Brostrum said, “they’re grossly underpaid relative to the market. Our chancellors are 22 percent under market relative to other executives.”

Listen to his answer below:



  • Curated list of student tweets on the UC tuition hike today
UC Regents Approve Some Big Salaries Along With Tuition Hikes 18 November,2010Jon Brooks

  • Yark Mudoff

    The University of California Administration is operating spending in the deficit of Billions! In the private sector they would be laid off, but UC plays by there own rules. Shame on the UC and the State Legislature for allowing this to continue. There should be a moratorium on spending on Salaries and construction projects until the Regents and Administrators can show proof of financial responsiblity. Reform the UC!


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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