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While UW-Madison’s chancellor sees $72k raise, UW-L’s Gow gets nothing



A majority of University of Wisconsin System chancellors got raises over the weekend.

While chancelor’s like UW-Madison’s Rebecca Blank received a $72,668 raise, bumping her salary to $582,617, UW-La Crosse Chancelor Joe Gow got nothing.

The UW Board of Regents awarded 10 of the 13 chancellors raises ranging from $14,421 to $72,668 — 6 to 14.2 percent of the chancellors’ salaries.

The raises were approved during a closed-door meeting Friday during the boards meeting at UW-La Crosse.

Gow recently drew the attention of many, after former porn actress Nina Hartley spoke on campus last month.

System president Ray Cross reprimanded Gow in a letter, after Hartley’s appearance and warned him it could cost him a raise.

Along with Gow, whose salary remains $224,000, UW-Whitewater’s Beverly Kopper and UW-Platteville’s Dennis Shields did not get raises — sort of.

Shields received a $50,000 raise earlier this season, bumping his salary to $270,000.

Kopper, on the other hand, is also being “punished,” for something her husband did.

Pete Hill, who was the associate chancellor — and unpaid position — was fired and banned from the UW-W campus last summer, after allegations he sexually harassed several women dating back to 2015.

Kopper’s salary remains at $242,760.

The raises go into effect Jan. 1. Here are the others who received raises:

  • UW-Milwaukee’s Mark Mone, $346,800 to $396,219.
  • UW-Oshkosh’s Andrew Leavitt, $244,800 to $260,000.
  • UW-Eau Claire’s James Schmidt, $226,644 to $258,374.
  • UW-Stevens Point’s Bernie Patterson, $240,356 to $254,777.
  • UW-Stout’s Robert Meyer and UW-Green Bay’s Gary Miller, $234,600 to $253,368.
  • UW-Superior’s Renee Wachter, UW-Parkside’s Deborah Ford and UW-River Falls’ Dean Van Galen, $224,400 to $250,000.

System spokesperson Heather LaRoi said raises are funded primarily by redistributing former UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen’s salary.

Sandeen’s position was eliminated this year after regents decided to merge the two-year UW Colleges with regional four-year schools, and fold UW-Extension into UW-Madison as part of a system-wide restructuring.

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