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UNI's President Allen plans to donate his raise

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen has announced he will donate his salary increase.

On Thursday, the Iowa Board of Regents approved a four percent salary increase for the presidents of all three Iowa public universities. 

President Allen issued a statement on Friday saying he will donate his raise, just as he's done in the past.

"I appreciate the Board's endorsement of my work at UNI. However, in this very difficult budget environment for UNI, I do not think it would be appropriate for me to take a pay raise at this time. My wife, Pat, and I plan to give this salary increase to the UNI Foundation for scholarships and other student support," Allen said in a written statement.

President Allen and his wife Pat are establishing an endowment fund that will give scholarships to women in math and science fields.

President Allen's raise amounted to $12,800, making his base salary to $332,800.

He also declined last year's increase because of university budget cuts.  That raise was 3.3 percent.

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