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June 28, 2012

MSSU board approves pay raise for employees

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors on Thursday approved a 3 percent pay increase for eligible employees. It will take effect on July 1, which is the beginning of the university’s fiscal year.

“This is a way for us to speak on behalf of the community and say to this campus that we recognize the hard work that’s done by the faculty and staff,” Sherry Buchanan, chair of the board, said after the meeting.

Linda Hand, president of the Faculty Senate and a professor in the math department, said the feeling among faculty and staff was likely to be one of happiness.

“We know it was the right thing to do, especially with the staff,” she said after the meeting. “It’s across campus — everybody breathed a sigh of relief. It’s not really just the money. It’s an affirmation of our work to the campus.”

The salary increase, the first for MSSU employees in more than four years, will cost about $923,000, according to figures from MSSU’s business office.

It will be funded by an additional $1.8 million that was appropriated to the university last week in a version of the fiscal year 2013 state budget signed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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