BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Tuesday approved a 2.5% pay raise for the university system chancellor, who said he will donate the money.

The increase for Mark Hagerott is the maximum amount approved by the state Legislature. It would bump his annual salary of $374,400 by $9,360, which he plans to give to the North Dakota University System Foundation.

“I appreciate the pay raise very much,” Hagerott said at the board's monthly meeting in Bismarck. “My intention is to actually donate it to the foundation because I'm just mindful I'm paid a lot here and most of my staff are well below the percentages they need to be.”

Board chairman Nick Hacker said Hagerott has met or exceeded eight goals that were laid out by the board a year ago, following a labor complaint against him that was eventually dropped. Hagerott has also done a good job dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Hacker said.

Hagerott, a North Dakota native who was a longtime Navy cybersecurity expert, has been in charge of the university system since July 2015.


This story has been corrected to change the comments from the chancellor from “well above the percentages” to “well below the percentages.”