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Pradeep K. Khosla

University of California Regents Wednesday confirmed the appointment of new UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and approved a base salary of $411,000 annually.

His pay represents a 4.8 percent increase over the salary of the current chancellor, Marye Anne Fox, and is already drawing fire from critics who say UC executive salaries are inflated in an era of tight budgets and tuition hikes.

Officials said that the difference will be covered by nonstate revenue sources, mostly foundations.

The decision came just moments after regents heard a dreary budget report. Hours earlier a number of students protesting looming tuition hikes and program cuts temporarily disrupted the board meeting.

Khosla is scheduled to be on the UC San Diego campus Thursday for a news conference and will be welcomed by Fox, who will step down at the end of July. She plans to take a one-year leave of absence before returning to campus to do research and teach.

Khosla is dean of the prestigious college of engineering at Carnegie Mellon, a private university in Pittsburgh, Penn.

“He is an extraordinary candidate — a proven administrator with great vision and leadership,” said Regent Charlene Zettel of Encinitas, who was part of the search committee.  Khosla helped to lead the Indian takeover of Carnegie Melon engineering flooding the system with H-1B students – “The day this country limits the free flow of skilled immigrants coming into this country, that’s the day we start going downhill,” said Khosla.

Khosla’s package also includes:

• $102,771 relocation allowance to be paid over four years.

• Annual car allowance of $8,916.

• Free use of a residence near campus while the traditional chancellor’s residence, the University House, is being renovated