Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 1116

Executive Salaries

Full Description

(Vos) Currently, the UW System Board of Regents sets salary ranges and salaries of senior executives, including the UW System president, vice presidents, chancellors, and vice chancellors.

This bill prohibits any portion of salaries paid from general purpose revenue (GPR) may not equal or exceed the salary of the governor (currently $134,403).

Referred to: Colleges and Universities

UW System Position

OPPOSE: The University of Wisconsin System competes in the national market for its senior executives and must remain competitive when considering compensation for its senior executives. The Board of Regents considered the national market for higher education executives and local Wisconsin conditions when it established its Executive Salary Structure in September of 1994. Decreasing the GPR support of salary dollars would require private support of senior executive salaries.

For those executives in SEGS 3-9, proposed bill AB 1116 would require a yearly amount in excess of $1 million dollars for salaries plus additional dollars for the associated fringe benefits costs. This would mean gift money and limited unrestricted program revenue funds currently earmarked for mission critical items such as scholarships, faculty development, and other items in support of instruction would have to be reallocated in support of executive salaries. The Foundations are separate legal entities and are governed by independent Boards of Directors. There is no guarantee these Boards would consider any reallocation of dollars in support of executive salaries let alone be able to raise the amount of money for this purpose. Some entities like the UW System Administration or UW-Extension do not have private foundations for this kind of support.