- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The presidents of four Kansas universities say they will decline or donate a 2 percent pay increase approved for them last week.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the raises for the presidents the same day a 3.6 percent tuition and fee increase was imposed on students.

The presidents of Wichita State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State said they will decline the raises or donate the money to programs at their schools, The Wichita Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1GlbReC ) reported.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the highest-paid president in the regents system, has not said what she will do with the raise. The interim president of Emporia State was not included in the pay increase.

Board regents said they thought the pay raises for presidents were “prudent and reasonable.”

President Kirk Schulz of Kansas State said he didn’t feel it was appropriate to take a raise when the rest of faculty and staff wouldn’t receive one. Schulz, who makes the second-highest salary at $466,951 among university presidents, said in a statement that he would give the increase back to the campus.

Wichita State president John Bardo is the third-highest-paid president and has a base salary of $350,175. Bardo wasn’t available for comment, but a university spokesman said Bardo didn’t intend to keep the salary increase and would likely use it toward something else at the university.

Mirta Martin earns $260,000 as president of Fort Hays State, and she said she wouldn’t take a raise while the school continues looking for ways to provide pay raises to faculty and staff.

Pittsburg State President Steve Scott’s salary is $258,194, according to regents.

“This morning I contacted the business office about the possibility of delaying this increase until such time as we have put into place raises for the remainder of the campus,” Scott said Friday in a statement posted to the school’s Facebook page. “If that is not allowed because of the board action, I will gift the increase back to the campus in the form of student scholarships.”

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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