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Archive for Monday, June 25, 2001

Regents to consider KU chief’s pay raise

With annual evaluations completed, board to decide compensation

June 25, 2001

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— The Kansas Board of Regents this week will decide on Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway's pay.

The regents will meet Wednesday and Thursday, then probably announce Thursday the pay raises for the leaders of the six regents universities.

With an annual salary of $207,489, Hemenway is the highest-paid public university chief in Kansas.

Last month, Hemenway met with the regents in a closed session for about one hour as part of the evaluation process.

Both Hemenway and regents members said talks were candid and fruitful, but neither he nor regents members would discuss details.

KU has won praise recently for increasing its research dollars. Research funding increased 13 percent last year and 14 percent in 1999, according to KU officials.

And last week, KU received the largest donation ever to a university in Kansas $42 million from the Hall Family Foundation of Kansas City, Mo. The largest part of that donation $27 million will go toward a new research building at the KU Medical Center.

But KU also has come under some criticism from legislators who said they didn't like the school's lobbying efforts and felt the school was not reaching out enough to the public.

Recently, Hemenway announced the hiring of Janet Murguia, a KU alumna and former White House official, to lead an overhaul of the school's external relations efforts.

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