Kansas universities’ top administrators to get 2 percent salary increases

? The top leaders at Kansas’ state universities will get 2 percent raises.

The Kansas Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve the raises to each CEO’s base salary for fiscal year 2016, which aligns with the 2015-2016 academic year.

Regent Joe Bain said it was important to keep university CEO compensation at market rate.

“We always wish we could give more to our CEOs … it’s a critical role to our state,” Bain said. “We want to keep you at the market rates and keep it very competitive.”

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will earn $510,040, an increase of $10,000.

New base salaries for other university presidents will be as follows: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, $476,290; Wichita State University President John Bardo, $357,178; Fort Hays State University President Mirta Martin, $265,200; and Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott, $263,357.

New salaries are calculated based on 2015 salaries provided by the Board of Regents.

Emporia State University was not included, as the university is currently searching for a new president. Jacqueline Vietti currently is serving as interim.