Board sends message with salary
its October meeting, members of the Universitys Board
of Visitors talked about the boards commitment to invest
in the Universitys key asset its people. Following
that discussion, the board voted to earmark funds from interest
on the endowment for classified staff salary adjustments.
E. Gausvik, U.Va. chief human resource officer, said this is the
first time the board has taken such an action and called it an
While the state has authorized its first salary increase for classified
employees in three years 2.25 percent to go into effect
next month the board wanted to send a strong message to
employees that it values their work.
Center to implement pay increases
U.Va. Medical Center employees also
will receive a base-pay increase of 2.25 percent for commendable
performance and higher percentages for peak
and outstanding performance, R. Edward Howell,
vice president and chief executive officer, announced in
an Oct. 10 memo to Medical Center employees. The increases
will be effective Jan. 18, 2004.
we continue to face market challenges, our success this
past year has positioned us to build sustained excellence
in the coming years, Howell said. The ability
to reinstate performance-based compensation beyond a one-time
bonus will have a significant impact on the retention of
the talented employees we enjoy today.
a result, the board approved the creation of two pools of funds
totaling $450,000 plus benefits to accomplish two goals. One pool
of $250,000 was designated to address market inequities in classified
salaries, while the second of $200,000 was designated to fund
one-time bonuses for outstanding performance. The boards
intent is to fund this second pool on an annual basis.
Resources already has begun a University-wide review of classified
salaries, Gausvik said, paying special attention to areas in which
salaries are not competitive with the relevant labor market and
where there has been significant turnover and difficulty in retaining
and recruiting classified staff. Once this is completed, his staff
will make recommendations to senior management, and adjustments
will be implemented within this fiscal year.
2000, when the state modified its classified pay system to include
a pay-for-performance plan, it was unable to fund either the new
pay practice or the new rewards and recognition program. At U.Va.,
senior vice presidential areas have worked to keep the initiatives
funded at departmental levels.
the past three years, 1,892 in-band salary adjustments have been
awarded to classified staff in the amount of $6,038,000 including
fringe benefits. The average salary increase for each in-band
adjustment has been $2,298.
the total in-band salary adjustments, 67 percent have gone to
classified staff in the first three pay bands. In addition, there
have been 1,261 classified promotions, voluntary transfers and
role changes for another $3,847,071 including fringe benefits.