"We can't say definitively that key administrators or faculty leave because of money. But we have to assume that is part of the reason," said Alex Vasquez, the NWACC Board Chairman.
The essential explanation provided by NWACC representatives for the raises: competition. With a number of higher education institutions, and some of the highest paid public school systems in the state, the board felt that approving those pay increases would allow NWACC to keep qualified staff they might otherwise lose.
NWACC Dr. Becky Paneitz said the school is in compliance with state law. According to the college, it has lost 10 administrators over the last three years.
Paneitz announced she plans to retire, after 10 years at the helm of the college, in 2013.