Colleges and Universities
Using private funds for Cal State execs' pay creates its own problems

A policy that permitted salaries of new executives to be boosted with private rather than state funds seemed like a savvy move when California State University leaders adopted it at the height of the recession. Trustees were attempting to fend off criticism — from the governor, legislators, students and others — after having hired a new San Diego State president at a salary that was $100,000 higher than that of his predecessor. This was done at the same 2011 meeting at which trustees raised tuition 12%. Using private foundation dollars to increase compensation for those who are public employees raised a host of questions — about accountability, conflict of interest,...