- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Most of the 37 South Carolina agency directors and college presidents approved for performance raises will see a 4 percent boost in January, which is greater than state officials first indicated.

Twenty-five agency heads will receive the 4 percent maximum allowed by the Agency Head Salary Commission, while 12 will receive a 2 percent increase, according to detailed information provided to The Associated Press, which offers a fuller picture than information given last week.

State officials still say directors’ raises will average 1.5 percent. But that average includes 39 people whom the commission made ineligible for a raise, as well as six agencies with leadership vacancies.

Taking out those not eligible to receive raises, however, pushes the average raise approved by the commission to 3.4 percent.

The state budget provided other state employees a 2 percent across-the-board cost-of-living raise July 1.

Here is glance at the raises:

Who didn’t get a raise: The criteria set by the commission for these merit raises made 39 people ineligible.

What is the total amount: The individual amounts range from about $1,400 to $11,500. The total to be paid to all 82 directors is more than $10.4 million.

Who got the biggest raise: The largest single increase goes to University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, which boosts the state-provided portion of his salary to $297,648. That means his total salary, when including what the school’s foundation provides, will rise to $801,448 on New Year’s Day.

What about other college presidents: Ten other leaders of technical or four-year public colleges will receive raises. But among the heads of South Carolina’s three research universities, only Pastides will receive a raise. The presidents of Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina came aboard this year and were therefore ineligible.

When did the group last get state merit raises: The commission last approved raises for the group in November 2012.

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