USM faculty & staff to get first raise in three years

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Employees of the University of Southern Mississippi are about to see a little something extra in their paychecks.

USM faculty and staff are in line for their first salary raise in three years. President Martha Saunders said $3. 5 million is available from the school's education and general fund because the university did not have the budget shortfall it had expected.

The raises amount to roughly a 3.5 percent per employee if handed out evenly, but Sanders said some personnel will get more through merit raises.

Some students said the raises are needed.

Beth Bellipanni is a doctoral student at the Gulf Coast campus.

"I think it's great because I think people are leaving the university right now because other universities are paying more and we are losing a lot of faculty because of that," Bellipanni said.

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