ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Central Florida President John Hitt is already one of the highest paid university presidents in the country.
Hitt was a step closer Friday night to getting another raise.
A UCF committee is recommending the Board of Trustees give Hitt a $26,500 raise, bringing his base salary to $490,000 a year.
That number doesn't include extra perks such as free housing and a car.
The raise recommendation comes after recent budget cuts and student protests over increased tuition, but the committee says Hitt deserves a boost because of his accomplishments.
According to an independent review UCF requested, "President Hitt possesses, as well as any university president in the nation, the constellation of leadership qualities governing boards seek in their executives."
A raise would be Hitt's first base salary increase since 2006, a UCF spokesman said.
Hitt is UCF's fourth president. He has served as head of the university since 1992.
UCF's full board of trustees is expected to vote on the raise at a meeting on Nov. 15.