July 28, 2005

Skip Phelps, Chair
Greg Burris
Christy Drale
Wendy Ferguson
John Harms
David Hough
Lyn McKenzie
Phil Nichols
Mark Richter
Garry Sorrell
Gary Stewart
Steve Thomas
Michael T. Nietzel
Compensation Committee

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Compensation Committee. This was one of the committees that I announced on July 1.

Simply stated, your charge is to recommend a compensation system that includes merit and equity as primary considerations for salary increases. Specifically, I would like for the committee to consider these major questions:

  • To what degree should merit and equity be used in assigning salary increments?
  • What kind of evaluation system needs to be in place to accompany the move to a merit- and equity-based system?
  • What policy should be used for determining the salary for administrators' return to faculty?
  • How can the classified system (step and grade) be integrated into a move to a merit-based system? What would the process and timeline be for such a change?

In the near future, Skip Phelps will call the first meeting of the committee, and please be aware that we may add one or two more members in the near future. I would like to have your recommendations no later than December 15, 2005.