BOT chairman awaits senate approval
Herbert Carter, chairman of the Cal State University Board of Trustees, was appointed to the BOT by Gov. Jerry Brown but is still waiting on confirmation by the California Senate.
According to CSU spokesman Erik Fallis, Carter has served on the BOT for two terms from 2004 to 2011 and has been involved with the CSU since the 1970s.
‘He has been an amazing advocate for the CSU,’ Fallis said.
Miles Nevin, executive director of the California State Student Association, has worked with Carter through the CSSA.
‘In my experience, he has been supportive of students,’ Nevin said.
Carter was on the board that voted in July 2011 to allow San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman’s salary to be raised to $400,000 while approving a 12 percent tuition increase in the same meeting.
However, according to Fallis, the president was already working at SDSU when the new salary was decided upon and $50,000 of the raise in salary came from private sources.
Fallis said the $100,000 increase from the previous SDSU president’s salary was done because SDSU wasdetermined to acquire the new president and wanted to increase the salary as an incentive to bring him to the campus.
Some senate members may consider Carter’s history to be a reason to reject his appointment, Fallis said.
According to Fallis, this reasoning is invalid because Carter is the one who recommended the change in policy, which states that any new president cannot make more than 10 percent of his or her predecessor.
Gregory Washington, CSSA president, said he heard the decision is riding on discussion of the president compensation policy, but that the policy has been looked at favorably.
According to Fallis, Carter only needs a couple more votes from the Senate to be confirmed under a two-thirds majority.