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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Public College President Salaries, 2015-16

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Top 10

The Chronicle‘s executive-compensation package includes the latest data on more than 1,200 chief executives at more than 600 private colleges from 2008-14 and nearly 250 public universities and systems from 2010-16. Hover over bars to show total compensation as well as pay components including base, bonus and retirement. Click bars to see details including other top-paid college employees, how presidents compare with their peers, and how presidential pay looks in context to their institution’s expenses, tuitions and pay for professors. Updated June 28, 2017, with 2016 public college data.

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I wonder how far you have to go down the list to find a woman?

Posted by: Jpd | Jun 29, 2017 3:28:58 AM

Interesting to note: except for UAB, all these schools are Power 5 football titans.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Jun 29, 2017 7:18:28 AM

Well, if you follow the link, you learn that #s 11 - 14 are women.

Posted by: Curmudgeonly Ex-Clerk | Jun 29, 2017 7:22:26 AM

I wonder how far down the list you have to go to find a Republican?

Posted by: Todd Gunther | Jun 29, 2017 7:53:39 AM

Why wonder? Why not look at the list, and see that the very next one is a woman, as are the three following?

Posted by: jsmith | Jun 29, 2017 7:53:53 AM

I wonder how far down the list you have to go to find someone who is just competent! I'm with John McEnroe on the women thing.

Posted by: Kent Feldsted | Jun 29, 2017 7:58:05 AM

One more President down gets you to the first female. She's at number 11 on the hit parade. They only showed the top ten.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 29, 2017 8:08:43 AM

JPD: #11, 12, 13, 14

Posted by: Eagle1 | Jun 29, 2017 8:09:55 AM

As it turns out, positions #11-14 are women. (Without getting into the weeds of who "identifies as" what.)

Posted by: Paul A Sand | Jun 29, 2017 8:25:16 AM

Chancellor McRaven is not a university president. He is the Chancellor or the entire University of Texas System, which encompasses 8 academic institutions and 6 health institutions. Two of the academic institutions have women presidents.

Posted by: Longhornfan | Jun 29, 2017 8:31:58 AM

Just one more spot. Judy Genshaft, $897,500, University of South Florida.

To find the second woman, you'd go down one more spot. To get the third woman, go down another spot. And to reach the fourth woman, you'd again just go down one more spot.

Posted by: Derek Tokaz | Jun 29, 2017 8:37:02 AM

Numbers 11, 12, 13, and 14 are women, $880K to $850K

Posted by: RFH | Jun 29, 2017 8:46:48 AM

You mean UC president Janet Napolitano?

Posted by: Fred Grant | Jun 29, 2017 8:56:14 AM

I'd like to see a school-by-school comparison of the university presidents and the head football and basketball coaches.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jun 29, 2017 8:59:52 AM

I wonder how far down the list you have to go to get to the great public universities?

Posted by: mike | Jun 29, 2017 9:03:43 AM

The ultimate answer is to defund Prog (1984) Ed in K-12, university and grad schools; replacing the anti-republic pedagogy with Western (1776) Enlightenment. Ax-to-the-root.

Posted by: Robert Winkler Burke | Jun 29, 2017 9:24:28 AM

The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court gets $225,000 annually, according to the web. These are presidents of public universities. I suppose they are paid for their fund-raising results.

Posted by: Observer | Jun 29, 2017 9:37:19 AM


You have to get to #20 to reach the first great public university.

Roll Tide.

Posted by: Derek Tokaz | Jun 29, 2017 10:18:57 AM

McRaven rates any money he gets for services rendered.

Posted by: old gunny | Jun 29, 2017 10:53:16 AM

Similar to the comment re McRaven: Sharp is the Texas A&M System Chancellor. The system has many universities besides Texas A&M University (the one in College Station). The President of the latter is Michael Young, who also appears on this list.

Posted by: Jack Manhire | Jun 29, 2017 2:07:59 PM

11, 12, 13, 14

Posted by: YAG | Jun 29, 2017 6:43:47 PM