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October 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

CWU students protest president's incentive pay

Central Washington University President Jim Gaudino speaks with students concerned over the $500,000 retention incentive given to him by the school's board of trustees. (Photo by Katharine Lotze)

A group of students at Central Washington University protested this afternoon over the Board of Trustees’ decision to give President Jim Gaudino a $500,000 retention incentive.

About 100 students, along with faculty and community members, joined the protest. They occupied the school’s Barge Hall for about 30 minutes before they were invited into Gaudino’s office for a question-and-answer session, said Katharine Lotze, editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Observer.

She said Gaudino reminded students that he would only collect the money if he stays with the university for five years. “He wanted to make it clear it wasn’t guaranteed,” she said.

Lotze said some students also expressed their support for Gaudino. The president said he has received offers by other universities for more money, but did not specify which schools.

Gaudino’s contract renewal includes a retention incentive of $500,000 if he stays with the university for the next five years. He makes $290,000 annually.

University presidents in two comparable Washington schools make smaller retention incentives or none at all. Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard makes $300,000 and will receive a $75,000 retention bonus this fall for three years of work. Eastern Washington University President Rodolfo Arevalo makes about $240,000 and does not receive a retention incentive.

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