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U of I President May Get a Raise

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 10:25 AM CDT

The University of Illinois may soon have to pay out more money to the school's president.

The search firm hired to find a replacement for outgoing President Robert Easter says that the U of I's pay is less than that of other Big Ten schools.

Easter currently makes just over $552,000 a year. That compares to an average of $780,000 at Big Ten schools and $970,000 at top universities. Some in Champaign say the raise will be well earned while others disagree with the politics involved.

"Considering the average salaries for other university presidents for the Big Ten, there's a huge difference between what our president gets and what the Big Ten other presidents get. I think the raise is a good, good idea."

"I see it as a symptom of problems of extreme inequality here in this country and across the world. It's kind of just to be expected in the capitalist system."

President Robert Easter says he plans to retire in June.

The search committee hopes to have a new president hired in November.


U of I President May Get a Raise


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