Regents announce 3 percent raise for U-M president


The University of Michigan Board of Regents on Sept. 23 announced that President Mark Schlissel would get a 3 percent salary increase.

Board of Regents Chair Jordan Acker said the board wished to thank Schlissel “for his work on issues affecting our university and those we serve.

“We look forward to working with him to implement our shared vision for U-M and approve a 3 percent raise commensurate with a regular faculty increase.”

Acker said U-M is poised “to meet the challenges before us.”

“I’ve been on campus for a number of events this semester,” Acker said. “I’ve seen the level of activity and the resumption of our classes and something that we haven’t seen on our campus in a long time, and that is joy. It makes me proud as a regent to see our university back in action, and we have strong measures in place to protect health and safety.”

“Thank you to everyone in this community who is focused on making U-M a better place,” he added.

The announcement comes as Schlissel begins his eighth academic year leading the university.

Since beginning as president in July 2014, Schlissel has launched a number of initiatives including ones to further academic innovation, strengthen research and education in the biosciences, promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and address issues of poverty.

The increase brings his annual salary to $927,000.

Schlissel thanked the board following the announcement.



  1. Kenneth Ludwig
    on September 24, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Apparently a vote of no confidence by the faculty, an agonizingly slow response to a deadly pandemic(other than swiftly raising tuition), and threats to GEO and LEO is seen by the Regents as good performance.

    • Jim Pyke
      on September 27, 2021 at 10:15 am

      And even setting those job performance issues aside (which we shouldn’t), I’m still wondering if the U will ever reconsider its severely inequitable “percentages only please!” raise system whereby folks already earning mid-six figures get five figure raises, while folks who earn mid five figures are lucky to break into four figure raises.

      There’s this bizarre façade of an explanation for this that somehow restricting raises to percentages more equitably rewards employees’ levels of effort, yet this translates to people who least need more money in their paychecks getting *raises* that by themselves approach (or even exceed!) the value of the *entire annual salaries* of the lowest paid employees here.

      I don’t want to sell short the unique set of skills required to be the President of such a large university, but if the ratio of highest to lowest paid here at the U (which stands at about 44:1) is not inequitable, then I’m not sure how one ought to properly define the word “inequity”.

  2. Lea Morello
    on September 28, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Did everyone get a 3% raise?

    • John Bruce
      on October 20, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Low-level staff received a 1.5% raise, why does the current president deserve 3%?

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