CSU Trustees Hike Tuition, OK Raises

Over the lone dissent of Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, California State University trustees approved raises Wednesday for Chancellor Barry Munitz and 22 other top university executives and a 10% increase in student tuition for next fall, a Cal State spokeswoman said.

The pay package will boost Munitz’s annual salary 8.6%, to $190,008. It was his first raise in four years, and he pledged to donate most of it to a scholarship fund. Other Cal State executives and the presidents of 18 of the university’s 22 campuses received raises ranging from 2.5% to 12%.

The tuition hike would boost students’ basic annual fee from $1,584 to $1,740, beginning next fall. However, the trustees are urging Gov. Pete Wilson and the Legislature to provide enough extra funding to avoid the increase.