Macomb, IL – Western's president is pledging to find the money for salary equity -- sooner rather than later. The school has been trying for years to bring its workers' pay in-line with what's paid at similar sized state universities. During the annual Founders' Day Celebration on Friday, President Al Goldfarb told employees the issue will be a top priority. Goldfarb said he wants to get it done within the next two years. Goldfarb said the university also faces a number of other challenges. Those include implementing the strategic plan, assessing the first-year experience, and improving the minority student retention rate. Goldfarb also said Western must secure funding for building its riverfront campus in the Quad Cities and a performing arts center in Macomb. You can listen to his entire Founders' Day speech by clicking on the audio button above.