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(NEWSER) – Kentucky State University's new president has given the lowest-paid workers on campus a pay raise out of his own salary. Before his contract as interim president was approved last month, Raymond Burse asked how many employees earned less than $10.25 per hour and volunteered to take a pay cut to bring their salary up to that level, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The board agreed to cut his annual salary from $349,869 to $259,744. "This is not a publicity stunt," he says. "You don't give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people. This is something I've been thinking about from the very beginning." The pay raises will stay in place after he departs.