MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University Interim President David Haynes received a 2.3 percent increase on his base salary following a 5-2 vote Friday by the NMU Board of Trustees.
Haynes salary was $201,995 annually. The 2.3 percent increase was effective July 1 and amounts to and increase of about $4,646.
In reporting to the board on behalf of its executive committee, Vice Chairman Richard Popp said Haynes, upon being informed of the pay increase, stated he would only take the raise if it was not higher than any other faculty or staff raises given at NMU.
Haynes also said he would donate the extra pay back to the university.
Board Chairwoman L. Garnet Lewis said the university needed to up the president's pay to keep it competitive with other institutions.
The university will have to remain competitive as it begins the process of conducting an external search for a permanent president, something Lewis said the board would meet to discuss at the end of the month.
Lewis said it was the board's goal to have a permanent president in place by May or June of 2014.
Lewis also said she felt Haynes' is well-deserving of the raise.
"I don't know that we've ever had an individual who has hit the ground running like this individual and worked tirelessly on behalf of this institution," Lewis said. "It is a 24/7 job and I commend him for his time and his effort and his continued energies. It takes a lot of work. So, I think that if anything, (Haynes' pay doesn't) even come close to what I think he's worth, but that's a personal opinion."
Adamini and Ziegler, who voted against the increase, said they thought it was not a good decision to vote to increase Haynes' pay the same day they voted to increase tuition, which the board did Friday, upping it 3.75 percent.
Adamini took particular issue with the raise, saying he'd heard complaints from many in the community following Haynes' appointment on his three-year contract and that giving him a pay increase would "go over like a lead balloon."
Adamini said people took issue with the fact that Haynes' third year would be spent advising the new president as well as on sabbatical, allowing him to prepare to re-enter the classroom.
Haynes was a political science professor prior to his appointment as interim president.
"So, in effect, he was making for the two years he's working 150 percent of what (former NMU president) Dr. (Les) Wong was being paid in his ninth year as president of the university," Adamini said. "I did not hear any positive comment about that. In fact, what I heard - and granted, it's not any scientific polling, etcetera - that was the part of the hiring ... that I heard the most criticism on (from) the public."
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