Pay Raises Approved for University of South Alabama Employees

Pay Raises Approved for University of South Alabama Employees

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The approval of a pay increase at today's University of South Alabama board meeting is welcomed news for employees like Dr. Ron Kiene - whose been employee with the school for over 20 years.

"Everyone has been working really really hard to meet the demands of what the university needs over these past few years, and I think everybody is a little well deserving in a little bump in their salary to make ends meet," said Dr. Kiene, Professor of Marine Sciences.

Here's the breakdown: Faculty and administration will get a 4 percent raise, based on merit, like employee evaluations. General staff, like custodians, will get a 3 percent raise, plus an additional one percent based on merit.

"The biggest factor in the raises has been the record enrollment for the Fall semester, but there are some other factors. The university has been working exceeding hard to become more and more efficient and to cut cost wherever possible," said Bob Lowry, public affairs for USA.

This year a record 15,311 students attend South Alabama - that's 428 more than last year.

BJ Smith is a textbook specialist in the university's book store. he says the increase in enrollment is noticeable.

"The whole thing is exciting. We've seen some many students here in the book store for Fall book rush. We've had people everywhere, it's been busy. And so it's good to see the university growing and the University is going to a place where we can get raises," said Smith.

Board members also noted that the University has the highest average ACT scores for freshmen - beating out the state and national averages - with nursing and engineering being their largest growing career fields.

Another big announcement from the board today at South Alabama. Out of 130 nominees and applicants, the three finalists for university president are named. Click here for a

look at
the candidates.
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