Pay Raises Delayed For ND College Presidents

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BISMARCK — North Dakota’s public college presidents will have to wait before getting a raise this year.

The state Board of Higher Education, meeting Wednesday at Bismarck State College, delayed action on the pay hikes until several salary options presented by acting university system Chancellor Larry Skogen are considered.

Skogen will work with board members Kari Reichert, of Bismarck, and Duaine Espegard, of Grand Forks, to come up with a recommendation for the entire board in the next few weeks.

North Dakota has 11 public colleges, including six four-year universities and five two-year schools. Raises for the college presidents would be retroactive to July 1, said Skogen, who is president of Bismarck State College.

He took over for Hamid Shirvani, whose three-year contract was bought out by the board after just one year on the job at an estimated cost of more than $925,000.

The board on Wednesday approved paying Skogen an additional $4,000 monthly during the search for a new chancellor. The pay is retroactive to June 20, when Skogen was appointed to temporarily fill the post.

Skogen gave the presidents the option of approving Shirvani’s draft and salary recommendations or meet with him to suggest and justify changes to their assessments.

Robert Kelley from the University of North Dakota, David Fuller from Minot State, Dean Bresciani from North Dakota State University and North Dakota State College of Science’s John Richman opted for reviews from Skogen, which were more favorable.

Shirvani had recommended no raises for Kelley and Fuller, who also oversees the campus dean at Dakota College at Bottineau.

Among Skogen’s options for salary hikes, including his own, was a 4 percent raise for all college presidents.