Kentucky State University President Cuts $90K From Salary To Boost Wages For Campus Workers

raymond-burse“This is not a publicity stunt”

The interim president of Kentucky State University decided to forego $90,000 of his salary  to boost the low-paying salaries of KSU workers.

Raymond Burse, who’s been Kentucky State University’s president, wasn’t pleased to hear that some of the college’s workers were earning a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Burse says he decided to take the pay cut to address the financial hard times that others are facing. He wanted to show employees the university’s school board cares about them.

He’s asked that his salary — $349,869 – be decreased to $259,745.

Burse had served as president of KSU from 1982-89, and then was a top executive at General Electric for 27 years. He told that his decision to forego some of his salary wasn’t a difficult decision.

“My whole thing is I don’t need to work,” Burse said. “This is not a hobby, but in terms of the people who do the hard work and heavy lifting, they are at the lower pay scale.”

“This is not a publicity stunt,” he said. “You don’t give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people.”


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