May 8, 2012
Dear faculty and staff,
As you know, my number one legislative priority last year was to improve employee compensation. I was pleased that this year the governor supported and the legislature responded to our request to the Change in Employee Compensation (CEC) by securing a two percent salary increase for you – the hard working faculty and staff of the University of Idaho. This will be effective July 1, 2012.
Of course, two percent is far from enough after four years of no increases in an increasingly difficult economy, but it is a start. Employee compensation will be our number one priority again next year as we continue to work closely with the Governor’s Office and members of JFAC to seek permanent, adjustments to base compensation.
In addition to the two percent adjustment, it’s imperative that we continue to recognize and reward UI staff and faculty statewide who are performing at an outstanding level. To that end, I directed my executive team to find funds to provide additional merit funding to be distributed in addition to the two percent adjustment to top performing faculty and staff. A planning team led by Keith Ickes, executive director of budget and planning, developed a plan to distribute this additional merit pay that has been endorsed by the faculty senate and staff affairs leadership
All great organizations reward the exceptional performance of their people, and we must continue to do so in order to set the highest possible standards and compete nationally for the faculty, staff, and students who will continue to make our university a leading institution. I will continue to advocate for and promote this effort. In the mean time, thank you for all that you do for the University of Idaho on behalf of the people we serve. You are the reason for our success.
For more details, see the implementation procedures for the merit increases in the Special Merit Pay Letter.
M. Duane Nellis,