Nearly one-quarter of the university officials and other non-union staff who work at Connecticut’s largest public college system are paid more than their peers at other schools and above what the market requires, consultants have informed the Board of Regents.

The regents, the college system’s governing board, is set to vote Thursday on proposed new pay scales that align future employees’ salaries with the market and limit how much the system’s 297 non-unionized staff can be paid. They will also vote on exempting present employees who are paid over the scale, though raises for them would eventually be limited starting in 2018.

How much are these 64 employees currently paid, and how much is that over what their peers elsewhere with similar experience are paid, after adjusting for Connecticut’s high cost of living?

A request by The Connecticut Mirror on Sept. 4 for documents the consultants, Sibson Consulting, provided to the regents was initially denied. The Mirror was told by the system’s spokesman that Sibson did not produce any public documents, and its work was done by meeting with college staff and verbally sharing their findings.

But the regents’ $190,500 contract with Sibson outlines several reports that the organization was expected to produce, including a “competitive market analysis.”

After pointing out the inconsistency, regents’ spokesman Michael Kozlowski said Monday that staff plans to fulfill The Mirror’s Freedom of Information Act request.

A slide from a presentation given by Sibson consultants on how they came to their recommendations for salary levels
A slide from a presentation given by Sibson consultants on how they came to their recommendations for salary levels

“CSCU jobs were matched to more than one survey to get an accurate reflection of the market consensus,” reads a presentation made over the summer by Sibson officials on the goal of developing a new salary scale. “The midpoints and midpoint progressions are designed to mirror the competitive marketplace.”

It’s unclear whether the salary information will be released before the board votes.

However, the salary limits these 64 employees will be exceeding have been made available.

For example, the director for research and system effectiveness, who works for the system’s central office, makes more than $162,000. A dean of students at a community college makes more than $137,000. And an executive assistant to a president of a regional Connecticut State University makes more than $85,000.

These figures only reflect an employe’s base salary, and does not factor in the cost to the college system of providing health care and future retirement benefits.

Proposed salary limits these employees will be exceeding
Job title Salary limit
Administrative Operations Asst. $61,600
Administrative Assistant $72,300
BOR Executive Asst. to Pres. $85,100
BOR Architect & Facilities Planner $100,000
BOR Assoc. Director Project Mgmt. & Engineering $100,000
BOR Board Affairs Associate $100,000
BOR Director Planning & Assessment $117,400
BOR Director Research & System Effectiveness $162,001
BOR Director Student & Academic Info. Systems $117,400
BOR Facilities Management Associate $100,000
BOR Internal Auditor $85,100
BOR Nursing Administrator $117,400
BOR Payroll & Benefits Associate $85,100
BOR Student & Academic Info. Systems Specialist $85,100
BOR Workforce Training Coordinator $72,300
CC Assoc. Dean Continuing Education $117,400
CC Assoc. Director Information Technology $100,000
CC Dean Academic & Student Affairs $137,009
CC Dean Administration $137,009
CC Dean Continuing Education $117,400
CC Dean Students $137,009
CC Director Information Technology $137,009
Executive Assistant to the President $85,100
CCSU Director Institute Tech. & Bus. Dev. $162,001
COSC Dean Administration $117,400
COSC Director CT Distance Learning Consortium $117,400
COSC Provost $137,009
Human Resources Assistant $72,300
SU Assoc. Chief Information Officer $137,009
SU Assoc. VP Academic Affairs $162,001
SU Assoc. VP Enrollment Management $162,001
SU Chief Facilities Officer $162,001
SU Chief Human Resources Officer $162,001
SU Dean Graduate Studies $162,001
Executive Assistant to the President $85,100
SU Human Resources Administrator $117,400
Board of Regents for Higher Education

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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