University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst addressed questions by state senator's over her salary Friday.
State Senators Martin Looney and Dante Bartolomeo had written a letter to president Susan Herbst after it was revealed her pay would be increased to nearly $1,000,000.
Herbst said in a letter to the senators that staffers' pay is driven by a competitive market.
"The market for senior positions in higher education nationally is a critical factor when determining non-union pay here and at all similar institutions nationally. The university competes with other highly-ranked research universities - both public and private - for many senior staff (as well as for faculty and students). That market drives pay," said Herbst.
The president also said that there will be a pay freeze for other employees.
"The university has not offered similar employment agreements to managers since 2013-2014 and does not intend to do so. Please note that the university intends to freeze pay for non-union managers in the coming fiscal year, FYI 7. Management employees will not receive an increase unless they are hired into a new position, are promoted, are reclassified and given significant new responsibilities that they did not previously have, for reasons of equity or clinical productivity, etc," said Herbst.
She said that car allowances for managers has also been phased out.
Herbst acknowledged that although the pay may help keep UConn administrators, it will make hiring additional high-quality staff more difficult.
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