- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The chairman of the board at the University of North Carolina is defending raises given to high-level administrators.

Chairman Dwight Stone told The News & Observer of Raleigh (https://bit.ly/1UNjrH1) on Wednesday that the increases were based in part on median salaries of similar administrators at peer universities.

A university spokesman says the raises were part of the regular raise process and were retroactive to July 1.

Trustees initially approved the increases last year. They were ratified last week.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s athletic director, Bubba Cunningham, got the largest increase, a 10 percent hike. Cunningham is now being paid more than $640,000 annually.

Nine university administrators got the raises, ranging from 1 percent to 10 percent.

The increases come when state employees received a $750 bonus, but no pay raise.


Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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