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USNH Trustees Approve 2 Percent Pay Increase to Staff

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On Monday, the Financial Affairs Committee of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees approved a 2 percent salary increase to nonunionized employees, retroactive to January 1, 2012. 

“UNH staff have worked incredibly hard, taking on larger workloads, seeking out and implementing efficiencies, all the while providing exceptional service,” said President Huddleston. "I am pleased that we are able to provide this modest increase despite our continuing financial challenges."

The 2 percent salary increase will have a merit component, with at least 0.5 percent distributed based on merit or recognition pay recommendations and the remainder across the board. The raise will be distributed before the end of the fiscal year.

The trustees had stipulated that UNH administrators identify financial resources to support the expense when they approved the possibility of the increase in August 2011. UNH reported a positive operating margin to the trustees Monday.

The improved margin is attributable to improved net tuition revenue, savings realized from departmental operating budgets—including 20 layoffs—and the impact of the 110 employees who opted to take the separation incentive plan, freeing up $11.3 million in expenditures for salaries and benefits. Together, these revenue increases and savings have moved the operating margin from a negative 1.2 percent to a positive 0.6 percent. This improvement in operating margin is progress towards the trustees’ target of 3 percent to 5 percent.

In the face of what she referred to as “epic state cuts,” Joanna Young, chief information officer and associate vice president of finance said it is paramount that UNH grow its revenue streams. “The trend is improving but we still have work to do,” says Young, “We need to grow all our key revenue streams, notably enrollment, advancement, research and commercialization.”

Additionally, the university must continue to maintain the high quality of its education, research and outreach programs, while continuing to become more efficient and effective.

A 2 percent increase was approved earlier this year for nonunionized employees at Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and Granite State College.