Dr Rod

Vice Chancellor Dr Rod Carr has received a $90,001 pay increase for the 2016 financial year, according to the State Services Commission’s Senior Pay Report. With a portion of that increase – $31,000 – explained as a back payment for the 2014-15 financial year.

Carr’s salary had a steady increase from between $550,000 and $559,999 in 2014-2015 to $650,000-$659,000 in the financial year to June 2016
Carr is now the second-highest earning New Zealand Vice-Chancellor, second only to Auckland University’s Stuart McCutcheon who earned $719,999 in 2016.

What is a Vice Chancellor?

The best way to describe the role would be similar to a CEO. According to Jeff Field UC Registrar, The Vice-Chancellor is the employer of all staff and is responsible for all aspects of management of the University. A Vice-Chancellor is in charge of reporting directly to the University Council, and the Chancellor.

Typically, the Vice-Chancellor would attend ceremonial procedures such as graduation. They often offer leadership, academic assistance, and ensure the financial base, aims and objectives of the university are carried out effectively. The role requires Dr Rod Carr to be on call at all times, except when on annual leave.
His work within the community is prominent, particularly post-earthquakes with “building remediation and transformation which saw the University for a considerable period spending $2 million a week across more than 12 building sites, and substantially advancing a $1.2 billion Capital Works programme,” said Field.

Due to the major damage to UC buildings, a huge marketing campaign was put in place to bring back enrolment numbers, which had plummeted after the quakes; the campaign resulted in near pre-earthquake numbers in 2016, that met agreed Government targets.

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Dr Rod's $90K

The Money:

The commission justified the increase as reflecting Carr’s raised responsibilities since the 2011 Canterbury earthquake.
Yet there were also nation-wide increases to other, similar roles within tertiary institutions. This increase and its reasoning were supported by a spokesperson for the academic institution. External individuals within the public, are sceptical in regarding the increase as justified.
The raise sparked outrage among staff and students, with criticism in particular directed at the size of the increase – at $90,001, almost twice the median Kiwi income according to Statistic New Zealand data.
Carr’s new salary pushes him more than $200,000 – or 4.5 median wage workers – above even the Prime Minister’s earnings. When John Key resigned in 2016 he was earning $448,569 including a 4% pay rise.

UC’s Collective Employment Agreement document found that UC academic staff, received only a 1% increase each year from the 2015-17. Whereas Carr’s increase was that of about 20% within those years.

Carr’s remuneration on the other hand was set by the University Council’s Vice-Chancellor Employment Committee, to include employer superannuation contributions and an at-risk component based on performance.

By Sarah Jadallah.