In addition to the vote on Proposition 92, Regent Gerald Parsky updated the board on what he said was positive progress regarding the Department of Energy lab contract.
Because of prior mismanagement of lab security, the contract with the Los Alamos National Laboratory was altered to include the consultation of a private company, which has cost the university $175 million in new taxes and contractual fees in the past year.
The regents also passed a motion which specified that a regent must fill the position of chairman on the oversight committee for the LANL and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The regents also passed Regent Sherry Lansing’s motion to establish the title of Regent Emeritus for all ex-board members who had either fulfilled their term of office or served for a minimum of five years.
With the exception of Island, the regents agreed that this will help increase donations and assistance from ex-members.
“It degrades the accolade to give it indiscriminately,” Island said. “I am embarrassed to sit on a board that would create such an award.”
In other business, the board voted to approve President Dynes’ compensation package which includes an above-scale faculty salary of $245,000 at UC San Diego, a year-long administrative leave at his presidential salary of $405,000, a retirement pension of nearly $150,000, full benefits, and reimbursement for all moving costs back for him and his lab back to San Diego.
Garamendi was the lone dissenter opposing the compensation package in the face of what he considered unfairly low salary brackets for service workers and potential student fee hikes.
“Until this university deals with the bottom of the rung, I’m a ‘no’ vote on the top of the rung,” Garamendi said.