UW Trustees Approve Budget Request With Merit Pay

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UW Trustees Approve Budget Request With Merit Pay

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is asking the state for about $14 million to raise faculty and staff salaries in the 2015-2016 budget. If approved by the Legislature, UW's request would equal about an average 4 percent pay raise. The raises would be based on merit.

Before the unanimous board vote Friday, UW President Bob Sternberg told the trustees that UW employees haven't had a pay raise in four years. He said UW has fallen behind other universities in salaries, resulting in the loss of faculty. The UW budget request also seeks $20 million in state money to help create a new faculty endowment fund that would be used to boost pay and research opportunities for its top faculty. The university would raise money to match the one-time state contribution.

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