TRU tries to work around salary cap when recruiting a president

June 6, 2012

Thompson Rivers University president Alan Shaver, whose institution is considered a teaching university by the BC government, is paid less than his counterparts at research universities, which are allowed to offer a higher salary cap to their presidents. Furniture, moving costs, and mortgage interests are among the incentives TRU has used to help entice good presidential candidates. A member of the Research Universities' Council of BC, TRU has tried to get BC to recategorize it as a research university, but has not had much success, says TRU's board chair. "We would like to fight for Alan, but we are stuck...There is not balance as far as paying university presidents," the board chair says. "We are really lucky to have Alan and keep him here. I support him as much as I can in his work." Kamloops Daily News