USM faculty and staff members to receive pay raises

USM faculty and staff members to receive pay raises

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Miss faculty and staff will be getting their first raise in several years.

"We're very happy we have pay raises this year. We have not had too many opportunities to distribute raises to faculty and staff in the last several years; the budget has been very tight," said Dr. Michael Forster, Dean of the College of Health. "This year, it was our good fortune that that through advocacy of President Bennett, and other president's in the system, the legislator saw the wisdom of allocating some money specifically to distribute raises to faculty and staff at the university."

The request made by Dr. Bennett resulted in funding for raises in the amount of approximately $2.9 million. The money will not be evenly distributed, but instead will be issued based on merit.

The range of the pay raises will be a 1.5% minimum and a 6% maximum.

"The overall affect of pay raises is of course that people are more satisfied with the work; they are more likely to stay and stay motivated," Forster said. "We're not only competing locally, we're competing nationally, and even globally now for top quality faculty. Ultimately, it's all about trying to get the best possible service to students."

Eligible faculty and staff members include, but are not limited to those hired prior to January 2015, and those who have not recently received a pay increase.

The pay increase is set to go into effect for most faculty and staff members July 1st.