SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 20, 2015 13:44 ET

University of Calgary announces salary freeze for executive and senior leadership teams

Zero per cent salary increases instituted as university deals with 1.4 per cent cut in provincial government funding

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - In the process of reviewing the university's budget, the University of Calgary announced today that it is freezing the salaries of its executives and senior leaders, effective July 1, 2015 through to June 30, 2016.

"As the university looks for ways to deal with the budget shortfall, a salary freeze for our executive and senior leadership teams is a fiscally prudent and responsible step to take," said Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).

Last month, the provincial government announced that post-secondary institutions in Alberta will face a 1.4 per cent funding cut for 2015-16 and a further 2.7 per cent cut in 2016-17. Since the announcement, the senior leadership team has been reviewing the impact on the university's budget and on April 20, president Elizabeth Cannon, provost and vice-president (academic) Dru Marshall, and vice-president (finance and services) Linda Dalgetty provided an update to students, faculty and staff at a budget town hall.

With the cuts this year and next in the Campus Alberta grant, as well as inflationary pressures, the university is facing an estimated shortfall of $37 million to $47 million by 2016-17.

Salaries and benefits are the largest expense at the University of Calgary representing 58 per cent of the university's expenditures.

A decision on the possible granting of merit increases for Management and Professional Staff (MaPs) is currently on hold until the budget review process is finalized. Salary increases for academic staff members and AUPE staff members will be provided based on the collective bargaining that is currently underway.

While there are financial challenges ahead, the university will continue to remain aggressive in pursuing its strategic Eyes High goals while ensuring a strong foundation for the university. Marshall concluded by stating that the executive team is looking at ways to involve the university community in the process of finding ways to create a sustainable future for the institution and encouraged all members of the university community to take part in the process that will unfold in the coming year.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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