37 SC Public Directors Receiving Combined Raises of 215K

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The leaders of 37 public agencies and colleges in South Carolina are getting combined raises of $215,000.

The Agency Head Salary Commission voted Tuesday to boost the directors’ pay either 2 percent or 5 percent, depending on whether evaluations showed they met or exceeded expectations. Amounts ranged from nearly $1,900 to $15,000. The 21 directors who received the higher marks are receiving raises totaling $174,000. The University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides is receiving the biggest boost among the 37, increasing the state-paid part of his salary to nearly $313,000.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says the raises will help the state retain talented directors. The commission also set the salary of newly confirmed Department of Transportation Director Christy Hall at $180,000. That’s $24,000 above her predecessor’s salary.

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