Council votes in favour of prez salary increase
By Marshall Bellamy
The University Students’ Council voted in favour of
giving the president — and therefore the USC Board of
Directors and The Gazette front office members — a raise
at Wednesday night’s council meeting.
“The salaries reflect the changes to the USC,” said
USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa, noting that the salary review
process looked at the salary of the president over the last
10 years, along with the job description and the structure
of the USC in that time period. “We wanted the salary
to be reflective of the duties and responsibilities of the
According to Belliappa, the president’s salary will
be raised to 1993 levels — higher than the president’s
current salary — and then increased by eight per cent,
resulting in a raise of $2,875.
“[The salary] hasn’t been adjusted in 10 years; the
VP-finance has done a lot of research,” said USC President
Paul Yeoman. “It’s not a huge increase either.
“As an organization,we’ve changed in leaps and
bounds,” he said of the USC. “Your board members
are the ones responsible for the entire USC — and they
are the lowest paid employees.”
Senator Dave Vaillancourt noted that the student president
at Fanshawe College makes $31,000 a year for similar duties. “The
amount of work the Board of Directors and The Gazette front
office do is phenomenal.”
Belliappa explained that the salary was based on the changes
to the USC and the student population over the last 10 years,
noting student enrollment has increased 10 per cent, and the
USC’s revenues have gone from $9.4 million in 1993 to
$17.6 million this year. “I felt a good ballpark figure
would be eight per cent,” he said, adding there will
be no retroactive.
USC general manager Mark Sellars said the raise would not
have a detrimental effect on the USC budget, as there is always
a contingency fund for instances such as the presidential raise.
The motion will also see the president’s salary come
under review every five years. “It is responsible for
us to review our salaries regularly,” Belliappa said.
“Past presidents should have gotten a raise — it
shouldn’t have been 10 years later. They should have
thought about it every year,” said second-year media,
information and technoculture student Alex McRae.