RVCC President Receives 2 Percent Salary Increase, Unanimous Approval at Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees at Raritan Valley Community College on Tuesday approved a 2 percent annual salary increase for RVCC President Michael McDonough—the same increase as faculty in their contract on Jan 20—and gave him unanimous approval in his first President’s Evaluation since taking office June 2, 2014.

McDonough’s salary increases from $220,000 to $224,000 as part of a custom the board has of giving presidents the same salary increase provided in contract to faculty.

“The board wants everyone to understand that’s not a reflection of how much we think of him, but a reflection of the economics of the world we live in,” said Paul Hirsch, Chairman Member of the RVCC Board of Trustees.

In the President’s Evaluation, Hirsch said, every trustee member wrote that McDonough met or exceeded expectations. “Virtually every response was a four or a five—the highest ratings—and virtually no ones, twos or threes,” Hirsch said.

“Whatever success the college has reflects the very hard work of a lot of people,” McDonough said. “Thank you for the evaluations. They’re a little bit out of proportion to people who really get the work done.”

The board also unanimously approved a rolling three-year contract for McDonough—a custom almost always given to a president with a positive evaluation. The board will vote to add another year at the end of the first year if they think McDonough’s performance remains positive.

McDonough received a $500 monthly vehicle allowance and a $24,000 annual housing allowance under his first contract, approved on April 22, 2014. According to a 2012 report by the State of New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller, RVCC, under Casey Crabill, had the fourth highest salary for presidents out of 19 New Jersey community colleges at $219,348. RVCC had the seventh lowest enrollment of the colleges. This is the latest report released by the State Comptroller.

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RVCC President Michael McDonough congratulating Katie Romanoskíe at the Board of Trustees Meeting for winning a RVCC Service Learning Leadership Award. A video of the award presentation can be found here.

This article was edited May 21, 2015. It misstated there are 20 community colleges in New Jersey. There are 19.

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