Jerry Brown criticizes UC for Raising new UC Berkeley Chancellor's Pay
University of California regents drew criticism from Gov. Jerry Brown today as they hired Nicholas Dirks to be the next chancellor of UC Berkeley and agreed to pay him a salary $50,000 higher than outgoing chancellor Robert Birgeneau.
"The $50,000 increase above the incumbent, even though that incumbent has not received a pay raise, does not fit within the spirit of servant leadership that I think will be required over the next several years," Brown said during a telephone meeting of UC's governing board of regents.
Brown, who sits on the board but rarely participated in meetings until voters approved his Proposition 30 tax increase this month, voted against Dirks' compensation package which includes:
- An annual salary of $486,800, of which $50,000 will be paid by private donors
- An annual auto allowance of $8,916
- A house on the Berkeley campus
- Moving expenses
- A one-time relocation bonus of $30,425 paid in installments over four years
Brown said UC needs to create a "new paradigm...which is a university that functions at a lower cost ratio than currently is the case."
"I've just come through a campaign where I've pledged the people that I will use their funds judiciously and with real stewardship, with prudence," the governor said, adding that he would continue to press UC "for greater efficiency, greater elegance, modesty."
"We are going to have to restrain this system in many, many of its elements and this will come with great resistance," Brown said.
Regent George Kieffer said the salary was appropriate for the leader of the "number one public university in the world" and ...