PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Sources: Spanier Ordered Raises

Multiple sources have informed Onward State that Penn State President Graham Spanier announced on Monday a 1% raise for all faculty members.

It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the raise was a university-wide one, extending from professors “down to janitors and grounds crew.”

For two of the past three years, Spanier and the Board of Trustees enacted a salary freeze, meant as a cost-cutting measure in the face of dwindling appropriations. Penn State, like most major institutions, has a “normal program” of increasing faculty and staff pay each year, but that process had been halted in both 2009-10 and then again for the 2011-12 school year.

According to reports on last year’s freeze, the university saved about $61 million over the two years.

The reasoning behind the recent raises is not yet known, and although this comes out during the midst of a scandal, it would be far too speculative to connect the two, especially since sources indicated that the raise had been disclosed to university employees well before the ordeal began. Faculty members were informed weeks ago that they would receive the salary increase.

However, as protestors continue to camp out in the HUB, demonstrating their disapproval with the Penn State administration, and as the calls grow louder for Spanier’s head, the pay increases raise a number of questions.

Update 11:48 a.m. – We just received this email forwarded from an anonymous source. The message was originally sent by a senior college administrator.

I am pleased to announce that President Spanier has approved funding for a modest mid-year salary adjustment, effective January 1, 2012 for full-time faculty and staff including those holding fixed term appointments. Employees who, at the minimum, met expectations during the last evaluation period will be eligible for a 1.0% increase. There will also be limited additional funding for equity and market adjustments.

About the Author

Devon Edwards

Devon is a 2012 Penn State graduate and current law student at NYU. Devon joined Onward State in January of 2011, after a lengthy stay in the comment section. His likes include sabermetrics, squirrels, and longs walks on the beach, and his dislikes include spelunking, when you put your clothes in the dryer and they come out still kinda damp but also warm, and the religious right.

Comments

More by Devon

Guest Column: Endorsements Keep PS4RS on Wrong Track for Accomplishing Meaningful Reform

The loudest voices in this upcoming Board of Trustees election are those who are living in the past, driven primarily by an unhealthy thirst for vengeance. They refuse to acknowledge that the present poses new and distinct challenges, and that our Trustees are the ones who must lead this university through an uncertain future.

An Apology from the Managing Editor of Onward State

Onward Debates: THON Workshops Waste of Time

Athletics

Big Ten Releases Men’s And Women’s Basketball Schedules

Penn State men’s basketball will kick off the Big Ten’s first-ever 20-game conference stretch with a pair of games in early December, while the Lady Lions have a slate featuring games against five NCAA Tournament teams at home.

Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Student Life

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

Video Recovery, Alcohol Education The Focus As New Preliminary Hearing Begins For Former Beta Theta Pi Brothers

Seven former Beta Theta Pi brothers were back in court on Tuesday for another preliminary hearing  in the Penn State fraternity hazing case stemming from the 2017 death of pledge Timothy Piazza.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Send this to a friend