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Cal State cancels compensation meeting, cites safety concerns

November 30, 2011 |  2:01 pm

California State University’s governing board has canceled a meeting next week on presidential compensation, citing concerns about protesters and the safety of attendees.

A special committee of the Board of Trustees was scheduled to meet Monday in Long Beach to consider revising its compensation policy, which was criticized this summer after the new president of San Diego State was awarded a salary of $400,000 -- $100,000 more than his predecessor.

The decision to cancel the meeting comes after protesters clashed with police during the board’s Nov. 16 session, during which a glass door was shattered, several university police were injured and four protesters were arrested.

“We made the decision based upon our experience at the last board meeting where a large number of protesters attended, which is difficult to manage under the best of circumstances,” Cal State board Chairman Herbert L. Carter said in a statement.

Other factors in the decision included the damage to the building's entrance, which is still under repair, and the fact that the meeting's agenda included only one action item, he said.  

The compensation policy will now be considered by trustees at their Jan 24-25 meeting, officials said.


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