GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A study of how college salaries
compare across Michigan has been delayed until mid-September, when it may be
used to determine future wages at Grand Rapids Community College, according to
The Grand Rapids Press.
Municipal Consulting of Ann Arbor was hired by GRCC to
conduct the study and said it is collecting information on wages and job
descriptions from 13 colleges and two municipalities, The Press reported.
GRCC President Steven Ender has said that some of the
college's salaries are "approaching being excessive and unsustainable," The
Press reported. He said he will not propose salary cuts, but may seek to freeze
some, the report said.
The Press reviewed GRCC salaries in 2007 and found that
nearly half of full-time professors made more than $100,000 when base salaries
and overtime were combined.
Professors in early 2008 agreed to a three-year contract
providing a 2.25 raise the first year and 2 percent in the two subsequent
years, while amending the overtime system, The Press reported.
Ender was hired last year with a base salary of $180,000,
which he voluntarily cut to $176,400, putting the difference in a fund for
needy students, The Press reported. His contract includes a $15,000 housing
stipend, a $6,000 car allowance and a $25,000 expense account.
The Grand Rapids Press, "GRCC salary study pushed back to
mid-September," June 18, 2010
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "15 Specific Ideas to
Move Michigan Forward," June 7, 2010