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Higher ed board to consider raises for NDSU, UND presidents

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Bismarck, ND - The State Board of Higher Education is looking at increasing North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's salary by 7.75 percent over the next two years.
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At a meeting tomorrow, the SBHE Budget and Finance Committee will consider giving Bresciani a $13,369 raise for the coming year while UND president Robert Kelley would receive $10,508. Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen recommended also recommended a $12,416 salary increase for the 2016 school year for Bresciani, according to committee documents. That year's salary increases have not been determined for any other North Dakota University System presidents. 

This comes after a consultant with California-based firm Penson Associates criticized the SBHE for allowing university presidents to strike out on their own and said they would "have to be dealt with at some point in time." The board was also criticized for not establishing trust among campus presidents and the public and not holding presidents accountable for their actions.  

Skogen based the large increase for Bresciani on the Carnegie classification system that ranks NDSU as having "very high research activity" as opposed to "high research activity." This ranking is based on the dollars put into research and number of university staff in the research field, among other things.

The committee will also look at capital project funding requests for all North Dakota University System institutions.

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