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Letter: Can NIU workers get big raises, too?

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the Northern Illinois University employees! President Douglas Baker apparently has found a great source of new funding to grant some spectacular raises this year. Some of the early examples found through Freedom of Information Act requests are noted below.

He began the process of this year’s raises with Ron Walters, his planning consultant. Walters received a 33 percent increase on March 1 (from $270,000 a year to $360,000 a year). Of course, his salary adjustment was for “increase in hours worked.” Regardless of reason, this increase still adds up to $90,000 a year.

Nancy Suttenfield, the interim CFO, also received a hefty salary adjustment per President Baker. Her salary was increased 31.8 percent on June 1 from $220,000 a year to $290,000 a year. But this is only a mere $70,000-a-year increase.

Suttenfield’s accounting consultant, Kenneth Wilson, also received a nice 32 percent increase on July 1 per his Personnel Action Forms. He went from $100,000 a year to $132,000 a year.

This round of raises should bode well for other NIU employees. Maybe President Baker can afford to grant some raises to the rest of the NIU family (unlike last year)? These (temporary) employees got 30-plus percent, should permanent employees hope for the same?

Sharon May


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