The UW Board of Regents says it must offer competitive salaries to lure top talent. One legislator calls the move, rewarding the "administrative elite."
The regents voted Friday to broaden the range of salaries the UW System can offer certain hires. For example, the next president of the system could earn between $399,000 and $598,500. Outgoing President Kevin Reilly makes $418,000.
GOP Rep. Stephen Nass says the decision shows that the board is 'out of touch' with Wisconsin's economic reality. He says while families are struggling, the regents are rewarding an elite class, so it can afford a second home or luxury car.
Several regents says they understand some residents may not like the new pay scales, but they're necessary to retain a top notch public university system.