At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, we were able to announce that LSU System employees across the state will receive a pay adjustment for the first time in four years. During the last few months many of us including members of the Board of Supervisors have been very concerned about the loss of faculty and staff and challenging impact that no pay increases has had on LSU employees. Unfortunately, financial circumstances precluded this from happening sooner despite a willingness to address this issue. While we still have considerable financial challenges, our first priority is to our faculty and staff, and we thank you for the hard work that you have put in the past few years without receiving a pay raise.
These pay raises will range up to 4 percent, and will vary by and within institution and personnel types. The effective dates will also vary within institution depending on each institution’s current financial obligations and circumstances.
The funds for the adjustments will come from internal administrative savings and savings from personnel adjustments that have occurred over the last couple of years. In some cases additional funds will come from anticipated enrollment increases as well. The $10 million appropriated by the Legislature to the LSU System will support the entities in this important endeavor while also assisting institutions with some deferred maintenance projects.
As you know, last year, the LSU System enrolled nearly 44,000 students with the flagship institution recruiting the largest freshman class in its history and expecting to have a similarly sized class this coming fall semester. Student achievement also has improved over the past several years. More students and higher productivity contribute to larger enrollment and increased service to the state of Louisiana. These accomplishments are a testament to your effort and commitment to LSU, and we want you to know that we appreciate everything that you do.
F. King Alexander
LSU President and Chancellor