By Angie Herrington
KNOXVILLE —; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga administrators said today they are studying whether they will add to a 2 percent salary increase for higher education employees that is mandated by the state.
The issue of colleges within the UT system supplementing the 2 percent salary raises was discussed Wednesday at the University of Tennessee’s board of trustees annual meeting.
Trustee Karl A. Schledwitz of Memphis said faculty are upset that legislators gave a 3 percent raise to state employees, while higher education and K-12 employees received only a 2 percent raise.
“I know that is the hand we’ve been dealt, but I would like the board to send the message (that colleges should supplement the raises),” he said.
UTC’s vice chancellor of finance and operations, Richard Brown, said after the meeting that the issue is on “our radar.”
“We must be vigilant in keeping our salaries competitive so we can retain the best and brightest faculty,” Dr. Brown said after the meeting.
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