FGCU board votes to keep tuition flat, approve Bradshaw raise

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Dr. Wilson Bradshaw speaks with parents Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University's  South Village housing complex in Fort Myers, Fla. A couple hundred parents came for a reception as part of the Eagle View Orientation for new students. Dr. Bradshaw, president of the university, fielded questions and talked to a few parents before and after his address. This is just one of many such sessions that take place throughout the summer for incoming students.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Dr. Wilson Bradshaw speaks with parents Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University's South Village housing complex in Fort Myers, Fla. A couple hundred parents came for a reception as part of the Eagle View Orientation for new students. Dr. Bradshaw, president of the university, fielded questions and talked to a few parents before and after his address. This is just one of many such sessions that take place throughout the summer for incoming students.

Abiding by Gov. Rick Scott's request, Florida Gulf Coast University trustees voted Tuesday to keep tuition the same for the upcoming academic year.

Board members approved a tuition waiver to offset a legally-mandated 1.7 percent tuition increase, which Scott has lobbied state universities to do. The state Board of Governors must still approve the decision.

Students will see an increase of $3.46 per credit hour due to an increase in fees. The Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee increased from $6.76 to $8.76 per hour, and the athletic fee rose from $12.79 to $13.54 per credit hour. (A $4 per hour fee for moving to NCAA Division I status is unchanged.)

Board members also voted to approve the performance review for President Wilson Bradshaw, kicking in a contractually obligated 5 percent, or $17,943, raise and an $80,000 performance bonus. His salary will rise to $376,806.

Bradshaw turned down a 5 percent raise and $60,000 bonus for the 2012-13 year. He has twice turned down raises out of six years.

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