Regents Approve Presidents' Salary Hikes, Planning For UI Stadium Renovations

Aug 5, 2015

Iowa State University President Steven Leath is receiving a five-percent pay increase, boosting his annual salary to $525, 000.

At its meeting in Ames, the State Board of Regents also extended Leath’s Iowa State appointment to 2020. 

During that five-years, Leath also will receive an extra $125,000 in deferred compensation,.

The Regents also approved boosting University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud’s pay by two-and-one-half-percent. He’ll now be paid $348,000 annually, with an extra $75,000  in deferred compensation through 2017.

The Superintendent of the Regents’ Special Schools for Deaf and Blind Children, Steve Gettel, gets a three-percent pay boost to $185,000, with an extra $20,000 each year as a performance incentive.

Stadium Renovation Planning Okayed

The Regents also gave University of Iowa the go-ahead for planning and designing renovations to Kinnick Stadium.

The UI’s Planning and Construction Director, Rod Lehrertz, says the work will meet a couple of objectives.

“The north end zone itself was constructed in the first half of the 1980s and is obsolete by its function,” he says,  “But also the intent by the athletic department is to improve fan amenities.

Regents also approved proceeding with plans for a new west campus dormitory near Kinnick Stadium, and a track and field facility.