Regents defend raises for those at top

The Montana Board of Regents is moving to approve 2 percent raises for 13 of its highest-paid administrators, including the two flagship campus presidents and the commissioner of higher education.

The regents, meeting for two days in Missoula, expressed strong support for the raises, which will go to some of the state’s highest paid employees.

If the regents vote approval as expected on Friday, the raises would take effect Feb. 1, 2019, when most other university employees will see their 2 percent pay raises kick in, for those who were employed as of July 1 of this year.