Online petition protests UA president bonus

University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble. (Photo courtesy UA)

University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble. (Photo courtesy UA)

A protest over a possible $320,000 bonus for the president of the University of Alaska has collected more than 400 names.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the online petition was launched last week by UA Fairbanks faculty member Sine Anahita.

The associate sociology professor says such a bonus for Pat Gamble isn’t appropriate when about 40 positions have been eliminated at UAF.

UA regents offered Gamble the $320,000 bonus if he stays on the job until 2016.

The bonus is equal to a year of Gamble’s salary.

Regents Chairwoman Pat Jacobson in a memo says Gamble’s salary hasn’t increased since 2011 and that his pay is at least 25 percent lower than the salary for system presidents at comparable universities.