KCTCS chief to decline raise

Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall — the nation's highest-paid community college leader — announced Monday he will decline a scheduled raise and bonus.

McCall's total compensation for the last two years has been $610,670.

McCall announced he would tell the system's regents at their board meeting Friday that he would decline any bonus and salary increase for 2009.

This comes as KCTCS, along with eight public universities, have been asked to submit to Gov. Steve Beshear plans to cut 4 percent of their state funding. For KCTCS, that amounts to a nearly $8.8 million cut from the $219.3 million the system was allotted by the General Assembly.

"The KCTCS budget has been reduced six times for a total of $31.5 million since 2001, which has made it increasingly difficult for us to accomplish our mission of being the place where higher education begins for most Kentuckians," McCall said in a statement. "I choose to join all our faculty and staff in receiving no salary increase this year and will decline any bonus I am eligible for."