Kentucky State University's interim president Raymond Burse has donated over $90,000 of his own salary to boost the pay of minimum wage workers at KSU. This means a jump from $7.25 to up to $10.25 an hour.
"This is not a publicity stunt," he said. "You don't give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people. This is something I've been thinking about from the very beginning."His salary, originally $349,869, is now $259,745.
The raise in pay for those employees will stay in place even after a new president is selected, he said. It will be the rate for all new hires as well. The change is immediate.
Burse was president at KSU from 1982-1989 and recently took over as interim president for just a 12-month period. During the meantime, he worked as an executive for GE.
A pretty amazing gesture that will make a difference in many people's lives.