CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono has once again turned down his yearly bonus, this time asking that his $200,000 bonus instead be given to 14 scholarships and charities.
Ono, who has been president since late 2012, has rejected his annual bonus each of the three full years that he's led the school. This year, he asked that $10,000 be given to the family of Cincinnati Police Officer Sony Kim, who was shot and killed last week in the line of duty. Ono asked that the remaining $190,000 be divided among 13 others:
Ono also rejected a raise to his base salary, which will remain at $520,000.
UC board of trustees members, who met Tuesday, were effusive in their praise of Ono's performance as president and of his three-year tradition of redirecting his bonus to others.
"This may sound crazy, but it's hard for us when someone turns down a raise," Board President Tom Humes said. "But we've learned that the way to satisfy President Ono is to give him the ability to help others. It's not to help him. We heartily endorse his decision."