California State University has canceled a meeting scheduled for Monday of a committee of trustees examining compensation for campus presidents, the chancellor's office announced this morning.
The move comes a few weeks after a similar move by the University of California's governing board, which canceled a meeting earlier this month due to threats of violence and vandalism. It also comes on the heels of a turbulent CSU trustees meeting Nov. 16 where protesters shattered a glass door, several police officers were injured and four students were arrested.
"We made this decision based upon our experience at the last board meeting where a large number of protestors attended, which is difficult to manage under the best of circumstances," CSU Board Chair Herbert L. Carter said in a statement.
"Our ability to guarantee the safety of crowds that we anticipate may wish to attend has been further compromised due to the damage to the entrance of our building that is still under repair. In light of all of this, and the fact that the agenda for the special meeting included only one action item, the board made the prudent decision to cancel the meeting."
The committee was scheduled to vote on updating its policy on compensation for campus presidents, an issue that came to the fore over the summer when a new San Diego State president took the job at a salary of $400,000 -- which was $100,000 higher than his predecessor's. The compensation policy will now be considered by trustees during its Jan. 24-25 meeting.
Many demonstrators at a meeting of UC regents on Monday said they planned to go to Long Beach next week to protest at the CSU trustees meeting, and urged people to wear black on that day.