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Accommodating FY 2016 Salary Increases

This message is sent on behalf of Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik, Associate Vice President for Research
Earlier today, President Benson announced an across the board salary increase for EKU employees effective November 1, 2015.  This memo outlines the process for applying the salary increases for all employees funded through sponsored agreements.
The expectation is that salaries & benefits for grant-funded employees be covered within existing budgets.  Given that general fund dollars are generated primarily from student tuition, it is important that costs for salary increases to grant-funded employees using institutional funding be minimized.  Earlier this year, project directors were advised to include a 2% salary increase in their budgets for FY 16.  This amount should be adequate to cover the proposed increase for the eight-month period beginning November 1.
I would ask each project director to review their budget for the remaining year and provide me with an update of your ability to cover the salary increases through the planned 2% increase, lapsed funding due to vacancies, or budget reallocation by completing this online form by Wednesday, September 23.  My office will then begin reviewing indirect cost allocations at the department level, program income, carry-forward funding, if available, or other avenues to cover the cost of the salary increases within budgets generated through sponsored programs activities.  University funds will be used only as a measure of last resort for projects that have explored other avenues.  
In having gone through a similar exercise with many of you a few years ago, I was so impressed by the number of project directors willing to take measures to support your employees and yet, were mindful of the impact that this program has on resources that can be dedicated to our students.  I'm looking forward to working with all of you to address any difficulties and implement the salary increase as smoothly as possible.  My thanks to all of you and your staff for your continued contributions to EKU.

Published on September 16, 2015

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