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ACC gives raises to president, administrators

ALPENA — The Alpena Community College Board of Trustees approved a new, three-year contract with President Don MacMaster that includes a raise.

With longevity pay and other compensation, MacMaster will make $177,907 in 2022. This year, he made $172,462.

The board also raised administrators’ base pay by 1.5%.

Director of Public Information and Marketing Jay Walterreit said the board thought employees deserved the raises in part because of how the staff and president performed in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Board of Trustees … noted that they thought the college did extremely well in a challenging year,” Walterreit said. “And that Dr. MacMaster’s leadership helped the college persevere and lose a minimum amount of students and do very well despite the challenges.”

The board approved a $15.3 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, about $228,000 more than the 2021 budget.

The proposed budget predicts student enrollment for the 2022 fiscal year will remain level with last year’s enrollment, which fell 7.7% from 2020’s fiscal year.

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