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Published August 28, 2011, 05:23 PM

SD officials worry about professor salary freeze

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Higher education officials and others in South Dakota say a three-year wage freeze is taking a toll on the university system.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Higher education officials and others in South Dakota say a three-year wage freeze is taking a toll on the university system.

South Dakota State University Provost Laurie Nichols says she knows of at least nine faculty members who left her school this summer, in large part because of the salary freeze.

State budget director Jason Dilges says another year without an increase in faculty pay could be devastating.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that salaries for the state's university professors are already lagging behind those in neighboring states.

Professors at South Dakota's six public universities will average about $78,300 this school year. That compares to nearly $111,000 in Nebraska.

North Dakota's professors averaged more than $82,500 four years ago — the latest figures available to South Dakota officials.

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