Dr. Steven Ender, President of GRCC
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- After a first year evaluation, Grand Rapids Community College Trustees offered GRCC President Steven Ender a $10,000 raise.
Ender turned it down.
"It wasn't that difficult quite frankly," He said. "I could never deny a person a raise if I were taking any additional dollars from the institution or the budget... that's just not how you lead."
The raise would have been in the form of a $10,000 annuity which would supplement the President's base salary.
Ender said after looking at the school's $3.5 million budget shortfall, he would not take the money.
"He's chosen to give that back as a gesture to the community. That he appreciates the support of the board and the college," said College Advancement Vice President Andy Bowne.
Bowne calls the move vital to the morale of staff and the respect of taxpayers.
"This is the time for him to say 'no thank you... but thanks for the recognition," he said.
But Ender says the whole school is struggling with the budget. Trustees recently raised tuition and the President says staff pay cuts are probably on the way.
"I will ask employees to look at some salary concessions," he said. "I have a commitment to those taxpayers that we'll spend those tax dollars as wisely as we possibly can."
By Steve Patterson