News Release

Cal State U. Trustees meeting next week to take up more executive pay hikes

For immediate release – March 15, 2012

When the California State University’s Board of Trustees meets next week, a big topic will be the hiring of and compensation for more of the public university system’s top executives.

The full Board of Trustees will gather on a new schedule (past meetings were on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) beginning in closed session at noon on Monday, March 19 at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel. There is one publicly noticed agenda item for the day—“Executive Personnel Matters (Government Code 11126(a)(1).”

The action moves to the CSU Chancellor’s Golden Shore headquarters in Long Beach at 8 am Tuesday, March 20 beginning with another closed session, this time of the Trustees’ Committee on Collective Bargaining.

Public meetings of committees begin at 8:30 am Tuesday and the plenary of the full board is slated to begin at 3:45 pm, although observers should be aware that in the past the Trustees have moved up the schedule without advance warning.


Actions items on the public agenda would hike the pay of two top campus executives.

A 10% pay raise is recommended for Mildred García who is shifting from president of CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA to president of CSU Fullerton in Orange County. She will get the maximum raise for CSU executives enunciated in the Trustees’ new exec pay policy adopted in November.

The “interim” is to be removed from CSU East Bay campus president Leroy Morishita’s title, garnering him also the maximum 10% pay raise.

If the Trustees approve both raises, García will land $324,500 a year and Morishita $303,660 a year. Morishita also will get a $60,000 a year housing allowance while García will be provided the official university presidential residence in Fullerton, CA. Both will get the annual CSU president car allowance of $12,000 a year.


The 10% maximum pay hikes for CSU top executives permitted in the Trustees’ new policy far outstrip the national trend according to a study released last month.

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) in its 2011/12 Administrative Compensation Survey finds that overall median base salary increases for senior university personnel in public colleges and universities was up 1.5% in 2011 (2% overall in public and private schools).

See information about the CUPA-HR report at

See the CSU Trustees complete publicly noticed agenda and instructions to listen to the meeting online at