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University of Maine Systems New Chancellor Suspended All Future Discretionary Salary Increases 

The new chancellor of the University of Maine System has suspended all future discretionary salary increases pending a review of the program following a report that 44 University of Southern Maine employees had received raises at a time of financial constraints.James Page, who started Tuesday, says he plans to assess all compensation policies as part of a comprehensive review of system operations as requested by trustees.Page took action in response to a story in The Portland Press Herald. The paper reported that USM gave out raises totaling $242,000 for the budget year that started last July as the university faces $5.1 million in projected budget cuts.Page says he was `troubled” by the report.USM officials say the raises were necessary to keep the school competitive.