Arkansas State University system chief gets $10,000 pay hike

Arkansas State University system chief gets $10,000 pay hike

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The president of the Arkansas State University system is getting a $10,000 raise and a one-year contract extension.

The Jonesboro Sun reports ( ) that the Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent salary hike for Charles Welch, bringing his salary to $350,000. With the addition of the extra year, Welch's contract runs through June 2021.

The university has gone through a tumultuous period recently.

In August, the chancellor of its largest campus resigned amid the release of internal audits critical of the study abroad program and alleged noncompliance with several state laws and university policies.

Prosecutors are reviewing the findings to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

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