About those ‘outrageous’ UNC raises? They’re not

From GA Sywassink, chair of the UNC Board of Governors committee on personnel and tenure:

A great university must have great faculty and outstanding leadership. Our students deserve no less. Attracting the best and brightest talent requires that we offer competitive compensation. The Oct. 1 Viewpoint column by Michael Behrent and John Steen (“An outrageous payhike for UNC administrators”) misconstrued recent actions by the UNC Board of Governors.

Last month, the board adopted broader salary ranges for a variety of senior leadership positions. Those ranges are based on market data from peer institutions and designed to enable the University to attract top talent from the higher education, public, and private sectors. No accompanying salary increases were approved.

While there may be some shock value in seizing on range maximums for selected positions, very few individuals will ever come close to those compensation levels at any point in their careers.

The UNC system and our campuses have limited resources, but setting salary ranges that reflect the best national data available provides important context and needed flexibility as our president and chancellors seek to recruit and retain high-demand talent.