The UM Board of Curators approved a 2 percent salary increase for five administrative officials during its executive session Friday.
Vice President for Human Resources Ken Hutchinson, Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz, UM General Counsel Marvin “Bunky” Wright and UM Board Secretary Kathy Miller will be receiving the raise.
Two vice presidents, Ronald Turner, executive vice president and director of cooperative extension, and Ralph Caruso Jr., vice president for information systems, were not given raises.
Wright is the highest paid of the seven officials, earning $208,000 this year. Krawitz’s salary is $190,000 and Miller earns $62,400. Turner and Lehmkuhle both earn $170,560.08, while Caruso and Hutchinson earn $165,360.
Wright will also be receiving two complimentary season football and basketball tickets. The tickets are passes to the box leased by the University of Missouri. According to MU spokesman Joe Moore, these tickets are not compensation for his work but a separate action. Moore said Wright is often called upon during games to speak to other university officials, and these tickets will allow him the necessary proof to enter the box.
Wright said he never requested the tickets or discussed them with the board. A football season ticket holder since 1968, Wright said board members usually desire to talk to him during games and probably want access to him.
Other actions taken at the session included approving Thomas George as the new chancellor for the University of Missouri-St. Louis. George will earn a $250,000 salary, $50,000 of which will come from private development funds.
The board also approved President Elson Floyd’s decision to create a new position. The UM System vice president of governmental affairs will be the point person for dealing with state and federal relations. There is no timetable for the position in terms of hiring.