The KU chancellor's pay raise will be 2.5 percent next fiscal year -- the same as KU's faculty.
The Kansas Board of Regents intends to buck tradition by awarding university chief executives the same raise passed by legislators for rank-and-file faculty.
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and five regents university presidents will receive a 2.5 percent boost in salary.
"It's not something that we feel good about," board chairman John Hiebert of Lawrence said in an interview. "It's not because of a lack of confidence or support for CEOs, but rather a reflection of the lack of funding."
The board is scheduled to vote Thursday on salary adjustments for chief executives at a meeting in Topeka.
Lawmakers set faculty pay increases during the 1996 session. At the urging of Gov. Bill Graves, implementation of faculty raises was delayed until Jan. 1. The "annual" increase equals 1.25 percent.
Regents will mirror that edict for university CEOs.
In the previous five years, regents raised the KU chancellor's salary more than the annual average raise provided KU faculty.
Hemenway said it would be inappropriate for regents to vote Thursday to grant himself and university presidents a bigger slice of the pie.
"In a year in which we all hoped that there would be a larger amount available for raises, I think that the CEOs should not benefit any more than the faculty do," Hemenway said.
Hemenway earned $160,000 this fiscal year. He became chancellor in June 1995 at that salary, which was 2.4 percent more than his predecessor made.
In this fiscal year, the 1995 Legislature allocated faculty a 3.5 percent raise. Because of budget problems, KU officials postponed faculty raises six months. The annual pay increase was 1.75 percent.
Under the regents' plan for the fiscal year starting July 1, Hemenway would see his base salary climb to $164,000. A 2.5 percent base raise would take the average base salary for KU faculty to $54,000 a year.
Hiebert, in the final month of a one-year term as regents chair, said the board would seek a 3.5 percent to 4 percent raise for faculty next session.
"I believe faculty salaries is the No. 1 priority for universities," he said. "My hope is that a major objective of the board will be to obtain more compensation for faculty and staff in the 1997 legislative session."
Hemenway agreed, given University of Missouri faculty are getting a 6 percent raise and University of Iowa faculty a 4 percent increase this year.
"No question," he said. "We have to address deficiency in faculty salaries. We are beginning to be raided by other states."
At least three distinguished faculty at KU intend to resign this summer to accept jobs at other universities. In each case, departing professors will earn bigger salaries and get more research support.