Education
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Conversation with Purdue's president for March

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue President Mitch Daniels about the plan to eliminate merit pay increases for some university employees.

It’s been a week since Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced plans to freeze pay for some administrative and professional employees. It would cover the next two years and affect those making more than $50,000 a year. Senior administrators and deans are included. Faculty and other employees with salaries under $50,000 would still be eligible for a raise.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels
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Daniels says he’s receiving feedback on the idea and open to refining the proposal. However, he says the move is designed to save $5 million.

"It suggests that those who are in the higher paid positions are in a better place to forego an increase," he says. "We're not cutting anybody's pay or anybody's job, at least at this point."

The university is looking for $40 million in savings to afford a two year freeze on tuition and most fees. The "Student Affordability and Accessibility Account" has been created to accumulate money from cost saving measures.

Daniels says he wants to hear suggestions from Purdue employees via an email account: savings@purdue.edu