Regents approve new UCSD chancellor’s salary at meeting

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At its meeting Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents approved newly selected UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s salary of about $411,000 — which is 4.8 percent higher than his predecessor’s — despite disapproval from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at the meeting.

In addition to salary and benefits, the university will also pay up to $100,000 to move Khosla, who is currently dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, to UCSD.

Newsom — an ex officio regent — took issue with the idea of giving Khosla more than outgoing Chancellor Marye Anne Fox amid discussions of tuition and fee hikes at the meeting.

Regent George Kieffer said that Khosla’s salary had been well-negotiated and that the university needed to spend that amount to secure someone who can greatly benefit UCSD.

“The difference (chancellors) make exceeds any cost,” Kieffer said.

While Newsom said he recognized the need to spend in order to “get the best,” his outlying opinion on the matter did not change.

“We have to do things a little bit differently,” Newsom said. “I really feel strongly we have to be careful about these decisions and their impact on the long term.”

Christopher Yee is an assistant news editor.