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50 highest-paid public college presidents

  • 50 highest-paid public college presidents

    It’s no secret that many university presidents make a pretty penny for their work overseeing daily operations at some of the nation’s top schools. Some liken college presidents to chief executive officers of major corporations, where salaries, job descriptions, and especially bonuses and perks vary greatly—and income swings reach into the millions of dollars.

    To find out which university presidents earn the greatest compensation for their work at the top, Stacker referenced data from The Chronicle of Higher Education to rank the 50 highest-paid public college presidents and chancellors as of the 2016-2017 academic year (the most recent data available). We've noted instances where these leaders have since left their respective institutions.

    Read on to discover which public schools host the highest-compensated chief executives in the nation.

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  • #50. Ronald M. Berkman

    College: Cleveland State University
    Total compensation: $641,817
    Base pay: $450,000
    Bonus pay: $112,500
    Other pay: $60,000

    Note: Berkman retired in 2018.

  • #49. Angel Cabrera

    College: George Mason University
    Total compensation: $645,017
    Base pay: $545,017
    Bonus pay: $81,312
    Other pay: $0

  • #48. Steven J. Rosenstone

    College: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
    Total compensation: $650,994
    Base pay: $390,000
    Bonus pay: $0
    Other pay: $240,306

    Note: Rosenstone retired as MnSCU chancellor in 2017.

  • #47. Carine M. Feyten

    College: Texas Woman's University
    Total compensation: $658,860
    Base pay: $460,000
    Bonus pay: $30,000
    Other pay: $161,452

  • #46. Michael H. Schill

    College: University of Oregon
    Total compensation: $675,520
    Base pay: $660,000
    Bonus pay: $0
    Other pay: $0

  • #45. James B. Milliken

    College: City University of New York system
    Total compensation: $689,786
    Base pay: $670,000
    Bonus pay: $0
    Other pay: $0

    Note: Milliken left his role as CUNY chancellor in 2018 and is now chancellor of the University of Texas system.

  • #44. Michael Rao

    College: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Total compensation: $690,943
    Base pay: $523,281
    Bonus pay: $31,502
    Other pay: $136,160

  • #43. Harris Pastides

    College: University of South Carolina at Columbia
    Total compensation: $691,592
    Base pay: $591,592
    Bonus pay: $100,000
    Other pay: $0

  • #42. Anthony A. Frank

    College: Colorado State University at Fort Collins
    Total compensation: $700,000
    Base pay: $600,000
    Bonus pay: $100,000
    Other pay: $0

  • #41. Timothy Killeen

    College: University of Illinois system
    Total compensation: $712,246
    Base pay: $600,000
    Bonus pay: $100,000
    Other pay: $0

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