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Western Washington University’s new president will make $365,000

Sabah Randhawa speaks to an audience of Western Washington University students and faculty at a campus forum in Viking Union pril 5. The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved a contract Tuesday, May 10, to hire Randhawa as university president.
Sabah Randhawa speaks to an audience of Western Washington University students and faculty at a campus forum in Viking Union pril 5. The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved a contract Tuesday, May 10, to hire Randhawa as university president. eabell@bhamherald.com

Sabah Randhawa, Western Washington University’s newly appointed president, will make $365,000 a year, according to a contract the university released Tuesday, May 10.

The five-year contract was released after the university’s board of trustees unanimously approved it in a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. The contract does not become official until it is signed by Randhawa, said university spokesman Paul Cocke, adding that likely would happen soon.

Randhawa will officially start working as WWU president on Aug. 1, 2016, according to terms of the contract. His starting salary is a 12.5-percent increase over President Bruce Shepard’s current salary of $324,500.

In addition to the salary, Randhawa will earn deferred compensation totaling $145,000 if he completes the contract’s five-year term.

The contract also includes an official president’s residence, a home on Wildwood Drive in Bellingham. The university leases the house, which is owned by the WWU Foundation. It is appraised by the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office at just more than $840,000.

Randhawa will also get a late model car “suitable for his role as President,” the contract states, with all of the vehicle’s insurance, maintenance and operating costs covered by the university. Randhawa will be required to report his use of the vehicle in writing to the university’s chief financial officer.

The contract also includes standard benefits, like health, dental and life insurance, and paid sick leave.

Randhawa was the only candidate for president the university’s board of trustees identified publicly in late March. He was appointed hours after a campus forum with students and staff in early April.

Sabah Randhawa speaks to an audience of students and faculty about why he wants to be the next president of Western Washington University at a campus forum in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, April 5, in Bellingham, Wash.

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