Two months after he was named the new president of San Diego State University and before he even gets a chance to settle in as Stephen Weber’s replacement, Elliot Hirshman finds himself smack in the middle of a compensation controversy.
The California State Board of Trustees is set to vote this week on whether to pay Hirshman $100,000 more per year than his predecessor.
If approved, Hirshman would earn $400,000 annually.
When you take into consideration that a recent study by the chancellor found Cal State presidents are underpaid compared to peers, receiving 52-percent of the pay of chief executives at similar institutions, the jump may seem reasonable.
However, timing is everything.
The vote on Tuesday comes the same day the board considers a 12% tuition hike for students.