Friday, March 18, 2011

Regents Approve Salary Increase for Berkeley Lab Director

The UC Board of Regents voted this morning to approve a merit increase in the salary of Paul Alivisatos, the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The 3.2 percent increase will retroactively affect Alivisatos' base annual salary starting October 2010, increasing it from $417,155 to $430,504. The Department of Energy funds the director's salary. Jeff Miller, spokesperson for the lab, said the decision to increase Alivisatos' salary came before President Barack Obama called for a salary freeze on federal employees. The reason he is only now receiving the increase is due to the scheduling of the regents' meeting as well as the evaluation process for the increase, Miller said. More>