Highest-paid U.S. public-college presidents, 2011 fiscal year

May 21, 2012

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Highest-paid U.S. public-college presidents, 2011 fiscal year

The Chronicle of Higher Education

1. E. Gordon Gee
Ohio State University
(2007–Present) $1,992,221

 2. Michael D. McKinney
Texas A&M University system
(2006–2011) $1,966,347

 3. Graham B. Spanier
Pennsylvania State University at University Park
(1995–2011) $1,068,763

4. Lee T. Todd Jr.
University of Kentucky
(2001–2011) $972,106

 5. Mary Sue Coleman
University of Michigan system
(2002–Present) $845,105

 6. Kent R. Hance
Texas Tech University system
(2006–Present) $757,740

 7. Francisco G. Cigarroa
University of Texas system
(2009–Present) $751,680

8. Robert H. Bruininks
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
(2002–2011) $747,955

 9. John C. Hitt
University of Central Florida
(1992–Present) $741,500

 10. Charles W. Steger
Virginia Tech
(2000–Present) $738,603

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Salaries of Some Public-College Presidents, 2011 Fiscal Year

Name Total Compensation Position
E. Gordon Gee $1,992,221 Ohio State University
President, 2007–
Michael D. McKinney $1,966,347 Texas A&M University system
(Partial year) Chancellor, 2006–2011
Graham B. Spanier $1,068,763 Pennsylvania State University at University Park
President, 1995–2011
Lee T. Todd Jr. $972,106 University of Kentucky
President, 2001–2011
Mary Sue Coleman $845,105 University of Michigan system
President, 2002–
Kent R. Hance $757,740 Texas Tech University system
Chancellor, 2006–
Francisco G. Cigarroa $751,680 University of Texas system
Chancellor, 2009–
Robert H. Bruininks $747,955 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
President, 2002–2011
John C. Hitt $741,500 University of Central Florida
President, 1992–
Charles W. Steger $738,603 Virginia Tech
President, 2000–
Patrick T. Harker $728,329 University of Delaware
President, 2007–
Jay Gogue $722,500 Auburn University
President, 2007–
Alan G. Merten $717,363 George Mason University
President, 1996–
Erroll B. Davis $711,019 University System of Georgia
Chancellor, 2006–2011
Michael Hogan $695,000 University of Illinois system
President, 2010–
James H. McCormick $682,965 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
Chancellor, 2001–2011
William C. Powers $667,212 University of Texas at Austin
President, 2006–
Teresa A. Sullivan $665,000 University of Virginia
(Partial year) President, 2010–
Ann Weaver Hart $655,000 Temple University
President, 2006–
Michael Crow $651,700 Arizona State University at Tempe
President, 2002–
Renu Khator $650,000 University of Houston system
Chancellor and President, 2008–
Samuel L. Stanley Jr. $650,000 State University of New York at Stony Brook
President, 2009–
John T. Casteen $638,000 University of Virginia
(Partial year) President, 1990–2010
Ronald M. Berkman $630,000 Cleveland State University
President, 2009–
Michael A. McRobbie $625,910 Indiana University system
President, 2007–
Elson S. Floyd $625,000 Washington State University
President, 2007–
Malcolm Portera $604,541 University of Alabama system
Chancellor, 2002–2012
Judy Genshaft $592,400 University of South Florida
President, 2000–
Carol Garrison $592,161 University of Alabama at Birmingham
President, 2002–
Robert Witt $592,161 University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
President, 2003–2012
Sally K. Mason $590,000 University of Iowa
President, 2007–
Mark G. Yudof $581,232 University of California system
President, 2008–
Lee F. Jackson $579,108 University of North Texas system
Chancellor, 2002–
Michael F. Adams $575,418 University of Georgia
President, 1997–
G.P. “Bud” Peterson $574,500 Georgia Institute of Technology
President, 2009–
John V. Lombardi $572,500 Louisiana State University system
President, 2007–
Lester A. Lefton $571,970 Kent State University
President, 2006–
V. Gordon Moulton $570,027 University of South Alabama
President, 1998–
Mark B. Rosenberg $561,875 Florida International University
President, 2009–
Mark A. Nordenberg $561,500 University of Pittsburgh
Chancellor, 1995–
David E. Daniel $555,480 University of Texas at Dallas
President, 2005–
Michael Rao $555,000 Virginia Commonwealth University
President, 2009–
Robert N. Shelton $554,600 University of Arizona
President, 2009–2011
Richard L. McCormick $550,000 Rutgers University system
President, 2002–
Nancy L. Zimpher $545,400 State University of New York system
Chancellor, 2009–
Lloyd A. Jacobs $542,700 University of Toledo
President, 2006–
Richard Lariviere $536,233 University of Oregon
President, 2009–2011
Edward J. Ray $536,231 Oregon State University
President, 2003–
Harris Pastides $535,000 University of South Carolina at Columbia
President, 2008–
France A. Cordova $529,000 Purdue University
President, 2007–
David L. Boren $527,265 University of Oklahoma at Norman
President, 1994–
Jack M. Wilson $526,000 University of Massachusetts system
President, 2003–2011
Richard B. Loftin $525,000 Texas A&M University at College Station
President, 2010–
Michael V. Martin $525,000 Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
Chancellor, 2009–
Lou Anna K. Simon $520,000 Michigan State University
President, 2005–
Mark P. Becker $515,100 Georgia State University
President, 2009–
G. David Gearhart $513,191 University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Chancellor, 2008–
Eric J. Barron $511,945 Florida State University
President, 2010–
Gregory L. Geoffroy $510,816 Iowa State University
President, 2001–2012
Gregory H. Williams $510,000 University of Cincinnati
President, 2009–
Guy H. Bailey $508,258 Texas Tech University
President, 2008–
Bernard J. Machen $507,808 University of Florida
President, 2003–
David R. Hopkins $502,088 Wright State University
President, 2007–
David J. Schmidly $500,000 University of New Mexico
President, 2007–2012
Robert C. Holub $497,810 University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Chancellor, 2008–
Luis Proenza $494,152 University of Akron
President, 1999–
John B. Simpson $491,420 University at Buffalo
(Partial year) President, 2004–2011
Matthew Goldstein $490,000 City University of New York system
Chancellor , 1999–
William E. Kirwan $490,000 University System of Maryland
Chancellor, 2002–
Ricardo Romo $482,557 University of Texas at San Antonio
President, 1999–
V. Lane Rawlins $470,005 University of North Texas
President, 2010–
Marinus “Wim” W. Wiewel $468,994 Portland State University
President, 2008–
Stan L. Albrecht $457,785 Utah State University
President, 2005–
James R. Ramsey $453,132 University of Louisville
President, 2002–
Charles B. Reed $451,500 California State University system
Chancellor, 1998–
Robert J. Birgeneau $451,006 University of California at Berkeley
Chancellor, 2004–
Bernadette Gray-Little $450,000 University of Kansas
Chancellor, 2009–
James P. Clements $450,000 West Virginia University
President, 2009–
Paula Allen-Meares $450,000 University of Illinois at Chicago
Chancellor, 2009–
James Ammons $445,250 Florida A&M University
President, 2007–
John Haeger $432,000 Northern Arizona University
President, 2001–
Ann Stuart $431,200 Texas Woman’s University
Chancellor and President, 1999–
David C. Hodge $430,000 Miami University
President, 2006–
Roderick J. McDavis $429,400 Ohio University
President, 2004–
Mark Keenum $429,000 Mississippi State University
President, 2009–
Daniel W. Jones $429,000 University of Mississippi
Chancellor, 2009–
M.R.C. Greenwood $427,512 University of Hawaii system
President, 2009–
John M. Dunn $426,082 Western Michigan University
President, 2007–
Carolyn “Biddy” Martin $423,606 University of Wisconsin at Madison
Chancellor, 2008–2011
Jo Ann M. Gora $422,040 Ball State University
President, 2004–
Michael K. Young $421,395 University of Utah
President, 2008–2011
Freeman Hrabowski $420,400 University of Maryland-Baltimore County
President, 1977–
H. Holden Thorp $420,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chancellor, 2008–
W. Randolph Woodson $420,000 North Carolina State University
Chancellor, 2010–
James Spaniolo $417,339 University of Texas at Arlington
President, 2004–
Diana Natalicio $416,760 University of Texas at El Paso
President, 1988–
Neal J. Smatresk $416,424 University of Nevada at Las Vegas
President, 2009–
Anthony Frank $412,000 Colorado State University
President, 2009–
Gene D. Block $409,066 University of California at Los Angeles
Chancellor, 2007–
James B. Milliken $408,669 University of Nebraska system
President, 2004–
Michael V. Drake $404,792 University of California at Irvine
Chancellor, 2005–
Kevin P. Reilly $401,886 University of Wisconsin system
President, 2004–
James F. Barker $399,128 Clemson University
President, 1999–
Gary D. Russi $395,000 Oakland University
President, 1996–
Linda Katehi $393,333 University of California at Davis
Chancellor, 2009–
V. Burns Hargis $390,000 Oklahoma State University
President, 2008–
C. Alvin Bowman $389,000 Illinois State University
President, 2004–
Carol A. Cartwright $388,823 Bowling Green State University
President, 2009–2011
Marye Anne Fox $385,663 University of California at San Diego
Chancellor, 2004–
Barbara Couture $385,000 New Mexico State University
President, 2010–
Allan Gilmour $384,541 Wayne State University
President, 2010–
John R. Broderick $382,000 Old Dominion University
President, 2008–
Mary Jane Saunders $381,161 Florida Atlantic University
President, 2010–
Mark W. Huddleston $379,440 University of New Hampshire
President, 2007–
Brady J. Deaton $377,000 University of Missouri at Columbia
Chancellor, 2004–
Glenn W. Poshard $375,442 Southern Illinois University system
President, 2006–
Philip Austin $370,833 University of Connecticut
Interim President, 2010–2011
Thomas F. George $368,712 University of Missouri at St. Louis
Chancellor, 2003–
George E. Ross $366,500 Central Michigan University
President, 2010–
Phyllis M. Wise $362,250 University of Washington
(Partial year) Interim President, 2010–2011
Martin T. Meehan $361,186 University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Chancellor, 2007–
Bruce D. Benson $359,100 University of Colorado system
President, 2008–
Robert Easter $355,000 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interim Chancellor, 2009–2011
Jan F. Simek $352,600 University of Tennessee system
(Partial year) Interim President, 2009–2010
Daniel M. Fogel $352,563 University of Vermont
President, 2002–2011
Thomas Buchanan $350,004 University of Wyoming
President, 2005–
Daniel D. Reneau $350,000 Louisiana Tech University
President, 1987–
Kirk H. Schulz $350,000 Kansas State University
President, 2009–
Joseph Savoie $350,000 University of Louisiana at Lafayette
President, 2008–
Martha Saunders $345,500 University of Southern Mississippi
President, 2007–
Jimmy G. Cheek $345,000 University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Chancellor, 2009–
Virginia S. Hinshaw $344,880 University of Hawaii-Manoa
Chancellor, 2007–
Brooks A. Keel $342,200 Georgia Southern University
President, 2010–
M. Duane Nellis $341,434 University of Idaho
President, 2009–
Rita Cheng $341,100 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Chancellor, 2010–
David M. Dooley $340,000 University of Rhode Island
President, 2009–
Philip DiStefano $340,000 University of Colorado at Boulder
Chancellor, 2009–
Joseph A. DiPietro $338,393 University of Tennessee system
(Partial year) President, 2011–
Milton D. Glick $330,497 University of Nevada at Reno
(Partial year) President, 2006–2011
John G. Peters $328,835 Northern Illinois University
President, 2000–
John C. Cavanaugh $327,500 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Chancellor, 2008–
C. Peter Magrath $326,607 Binghamton University
President, 2010–2011
Dana L. Gibson $325,000 Sam Houston State University
President, 2010–
Henry T. Yang $324,710 University of California at Santa Barbara
Chancellor, 1994–
Arthur Vailas $323,650 Idaho State University
President, 2006–
David Chicoine $321,360 South Dakota State University
President, 2007–
James Abbott $321,360 University of South Dakota
President, 1997–
Timothy P. White $319,583 University of California at Riverside
Chancellor, 2008–
Leo E. Morton $318,250 University of Missouri at Kansas City
Chancellor, 2008–
Robert O. Kelley $317,460 University of North Dakota
President, 2008–
Charles R. Bantz $315,462 Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Executive Vice President and Chancellor, 2003–
Steven C. Ballard $315,000 East Carolina University
Chancellor, 2004–
Linda P. Brady $315,000 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Chancellor, 2008–
Waded Cruzado-Salas $315,000 Montana State University at Bozeman
President, 2010–
Philip L. Dubois $315,000 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Chancellor, 2005–
James M. Simmons $314,487 Lamar University
President, 1999–
Dean L. Bresciani $312,000 North Dakota State University
President, 2010–
Karen Hanson $309,309 Indiana University at Bloomington
Executive Vice President and Provost, 2007–2012
Harvey S. Perlman $306,581 University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Chancellor, 2001–
George R. Blumenthal $304,833 University of California at Santa Cruz
Chancellor, 2007–
Patrick K. Gamble $304,250 University of Alaska system
President, 2010–
Daniel Klaich $303,000 Nevada System of Higher Education
Chancellor, 2009–
Jerry Wartgow $302,500 University of Colorado at Denver
Chancellor, 2010–2012
Wallace D. Loh $300,000 University of Maryland at College Park
(Partial year) President, 2010–
Harold L. Martin $300,000 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Chancellor, 2009–
Stephen L. Weber $299,435 San Diego State University
President, 1995–2011
Shirley C. Raines $297,848 University of Memphis
President, 2001–
Steven J. Diner $295,000 Rutgers University at Newark
Chancellor, 2002–2011
B. Alan Sugg $294,953 University of Arkansas system
President, 1990–2011
John E. Christensen $286,326 University of Nebraska at Omaha
Chancellor, 2007–
Brian D. Rogers $284,517 University of Alaska at Fairbanks
Chancellor, 2008–
Donald L. Beggs $282,150 Wichita State University
President, 1999–
Edward R. MacKay $280,000 University System of New Hampshire
Chancellor, 2009–
George M. Philip $280,000 State University of New York at Albany
President, 2009–
Judith A. Bense $277,436 University of West Florida
President, 2008–
Sidney A. McPhee $272,445 Middle Tennessee State University
President, 2001–
Daniel J. Bradley $271,263 Indiana State University
President, 2008–
Thomas W. Ross $262,500 University of North Carolina system
(Partial year) President, 2011–
Kay Norton $258,500 University of Northern Colorado
President, 2002–
Paul E. Stanton $255,676 East Tennessee State University
President, 1997–2012
David J. Werner $253,428 Indiana University of Pennsylvania
(Partial year) Interim President, 2010–
George P. Pernsteiner $248,579 Oregon University system
Chancellor, 2005–
J. Keith Motley $248,400 University of Massachusetts at Boston
Chancellor, 2007–
Robert Kennedy $246,870 University of Maine
President, 2004–2011
Stephen J. Owens $242,750 University of Missouri system
(Partial year) Interim President, 2011–2012
Erskine B. Bowles $238,574 University of North Carolina system
(Partial year) President, 2006–2010
Richard Pattenaude $229,100 University of Maine system
Chancellor, 2007–
Joel E. Anderson $220,266 University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Chancellor, 2003–
Michael R. Lovell $216,623 University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
(Partial year) Chancellor, 2010–
William Goetz $213,720 North Dakota University system
Chancellor, 2007–
Gary D. Forsee $212,300 University of Missouri system
(Partial year) President, 2008–2011
Royce C. Engstrom $198,645 University of Montana
(Partial year) President, 2010–
Timothy J. Donovan $190,000 Vermont State Colleges system
Chancellor, 2009–
Mark A. Emmert $176,175 University of Washington
(Partial year) President, 2004–2010
Timothy P. Ryan $116,014 University of New Orleans
(Partial year) Chancellor, 2003–2010
Satish K. Tripathi $106,973 University at Buffalo
(Partial year) President, 2011–
Carlos E. Santiago $91,367 University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
(Partial year) Chancellor, 2004–2010
George M. Dennison $82,222 University of Montana
(Partial year) President, 1990–2010
C. Daniel Mote $77,434 University of Maryland at College Park
(Partial year) President, 1998–2010

These data show the compensation received in the 2010-11 fiscal year by 199 chief executives at 190 public universities and systems in the United States. Fiscal years typically end June 30.

The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed institutions to collect compensation data. Our analysis included public colleges and their affiliated systems that were classified as research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. The four-year institutions included here comprise universities with total fall enrollments of at least 10,000 and universities with smaller enrollments that are state flagships. The cohort was set based on fall 2009 enrollments because more recent figures were not available at the time of the survey’s distribution.

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A view of some university president’s homes

University of Tennessee

In 2007, the Board of Trustees at the University of Tennessee -Knoxville began discussing ending the practice of providing housing for senior administrators, including chancellors and the president. The University will retain the proceeds from the sale of the property and save costs associated with its maintenance.

University of California- Berkeley

The University Residence serves as the on-campus home for the Chancellor of UCLA

University of Alabama

University of Florida

University of Pittsburgh

University of Michigan -Ann Arbor

North Carolina State University

The new $3.5 million house for North Carolina State University’s chancellor overlooking Lake Raleigh on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus

The chancellor resides upstairs in a 3,000-square-foot private living area. Chancellor Randy Woodson and his wife moved in Oct. 28, 2011. The old chancellor’s residence, located at the intersection of Pullen Road and Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, was built in 1928.

University of Maryland at College Park

The president’s house at the University of Maryland is being replaced with a new 14,000-square-foot on-campus mansion that carries a $7.2 million price tag.

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