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Exiting CSULB President Alexander May Make Approx $550k Salary (Plus Perks) Heading LSU System

In May 2012, he told Straight Talk TV CA taxpayers should be "ashamed" that Sac'to isn't spending more on higher education; he's now leaving CA with top state income tax rate of over 12% for Louisiana with top state income tax rate of 6%


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(Mar. 20, 2013, updated Mar. 21, 9:30 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that likely-exiting CSULB President F. King Alexander may collect a salary of roughly $550,000 annually (plus several executive benefits) if he is formally offered and accepts a position as President of Louisiana State University. (Previous LBREPORT.com coverage, click here).

LSU media relations rep Ernie Ballard tells LBREPORT.com that Alexander's title will be President of LSU, but [unlike King's current position as President of one campus in the CSU system] King's LSU position will include overseeing several campuses and facilities including the main campus in Baton Rouge. [A former position of LSU "President-Chancellor" was recently combined into one title as "President."]

Asked by LBREPORT.com what Alexander's LSU salary is expected to be, LSU media rep Ballard said LSU's current president (serving in both roles) receives roughly $600,00 anually, and the chair of LSU's Presidential Search Committee has publicly indicated that LSU's new President will be offered a salary similar to that paid to previous LSU President John Lombardi: approximately a $550,000 base salary plus a housing allowance ($36,000 annually), $15,000 automobile expense and relocation expenses plus other university benefits.

Shortly before the Nov. 2012 elections, CSULB President Alexander held a press event on the CSULB campus describing what he (and other LBCC and LBUSD administrators alongside him) said would be the consequences if CA's didn't approve Proposition 30 (raising the state's sales tax on everyone and raising the tax rate on high income earners). Alexander will now apparently be leaving CA -- where the top state income tax rate is 12.3% (plus 1% more on taxable income of over $1 million) -- for Louisiana, whose top state income tax rate is 6%.

Currently, all CSULB campus Presidents (high level administrators who also conduct fundraising) receive higher salaries than the Governor of California receives as chief executive for the entire state of California. In November 2012, CSULB spokesperson Toni Beron told LBREPORT.com that CSULB President Alexander was slated to receive a CSU salary of $320,329 in FY 12-13, plus a housing provided in a CSU Board of Trustees-owned home designated as the CSULB presidentís residence in lieu of a $60,000 per year housing allowance provided to CSU presidents at campuses where a presidentís residence isn't provided.

Ms. Beron said President Alexander had a one-year, 10 percent reduction in pay, as did all CSULB faculty and staff, the year furloughs were in place (2009-10).

UPDATE: In response to an inquiry from LBREPORT.com, CSULB media relations rep Rick Gloady says (email Mar. 20) that President Alexander doesn't receive any extra compensation from the CSULB Foundation. "All of his base salary comes from the state payroll...There has also been a recent change in his compensation regarding his car. President Alexander used to drive a university owned vehicle, which he inherited from former CSULB President Bob Maxson. The Chancellorís Office requested that Presidents who drove university vehicles give them up and convert to a car allowance...and President Alexander now receives $1,000 per month from the foundation as a car allowance in lieu of a car or mileage reimbursement." [end update]

In November 2012, LBREPORT.com received a "no comment" when we asked CSULB spokesperson Toni Beron if President Alexander planned to reduce his compensation after the CSU's new incoming Chancellor (succeeding Charles Reed) requested and accepted a 10% pay cut a day earlier.

In May 2012, CSULB President Alexander said in a televised interview that Californians should be "ashamed" of not spending more on higher education, citing impacts of reduced Sacramento funding on students [but not mention salaries for high level CSU administrators, including himself]. Interviewed on StraightTalkTV.com, he told host/executive producer Art Levine that state legislators "seem to be more interested in Medicaid and Medicare and more interested in prisons and less interested in the next generation of children in our public schools and students in our higher education institutions." Alexander continued: "There is a significant difference in investing in our children and students and just spending money on an aging population...We're spending less on higher education today, based on the tax wealth of this state, we're spending less than we did in every year except you have to go back to 1965."

Alexander added, "Even states like Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas...based on the wealth of their capacity, are spending more on their students than we are in California, and people ought to be concerned and even ashamed of that."

So...did CSULB President Alexander apply for/seek out the LSU job, or did they seek him out, and if so when did all this occur? LSU spokesman Ballard said a search firm was used and he isn't sure if Alexander sought the job or was recommended for it by others (or both).


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