KSU President Takes Pay Cut to Help Lowest Paid Employees on Campus

The interim president of Kentucky State University, Raymond Burse, willingly decreased his yearly salary from $349,869 to $259,745. For those of us that need a calculator to check the decrease – that is a whopping $90,151 less a year. Burse did this to help boost the paychecks of some of the university’s lowest paid employees.

With this new pay cut by Burse, it will increase 24 Kentucky State University employees’ salaries. Some of these employees make as little as $7.25 an hour and this will increase it to about $10.25 an hour. Burse has said that he is giving up his salary to compensate for the tough times that many are feeling. He wants to make sure that his university employees know that he “cares about them and wants to do the very best by them” according to Herald-Leader.

Burse has a good bit of experience with KSU employees and this is likely where his desire to help stems from. He served as the president of KSU from 1982 to 1989. After his time there, he served as an executive at General Electric Co. He was able to comfortable retire in 2012 after 12 years with pretty good benefits.

Burse said “I was in a position where I could do that” to make sure that his good deed is not misconstrued as a poke at the other university’s presidents. He realizes that this isn’t something that everyone is in the position to do, but figured that since he could, he would.

Friend, N. (2014, August 4). College President Gives $90,000 Of His Salary To Lowest-Paid Employees On Campus. Retrieved August 6, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/04/president-gives-up-salary-psu_n_5647997.html?utm_hp_ref=college

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