CHICAGO (AP) -- The University of Illinois board of trustees has approved a $620,000 salary for the school's new president, and a 9.5 percent increase in tuition.
The board approved the measures on a voice vote Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day, protesters marched outside the board's meeting demanding new president Michael Hogan be paid only $450,000 annually. Hogan's salary is $170,000 more than that received by his predecessor, B. Joseph White.
Meanwhile, Interim University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry said at the meeting that Hogan deserves the higher salary. Ikenberry says Hogan's salary puts him in the middle of the pay scale for Big Ten presidents.
He says Hogan has "superb academic credentials."
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