U. of Hawaii: New University Librarian’s $195K Salary Brings Criticism
University of Hawaii administrators are asking the Board of Regents to approve a salary of $195,000 for the UH Manoa’s next head librarian, a pay level that’s being criticized as “out of line” and “appalling” by some librarians, their union and a state lawmaker who’s been critical of UH spending choices.
Irene Herold is the dean of Mason Library at Keene State College in New Hampshire, a small state school with about 5,200 students, roughly a quarter the student population of UH Manoa.
Next week, the UH Regents will vote on a proposal to hire Herold as UH Manoa’s university librarian, overseeing three libraries, an $15 million annual budget and about 145 faculty and staff.
Herold’s proposed annual salary is $195,000 for three years and she’ll be granted tenure automatically, under the deal set to go before the regents in a vote March 21.
That’s $50,000 higher than the interim UH librarian is being paid now and $52,536 more than the last permanent university librarian was paid before she left UH in December of 2006. The permanent position has been vacant for more than six years.
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