Four presidents at public research universities made a collective $9.2 million in fiscal year 2012, with the top earner of the group making much of his money because he was fired, according to a report released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
This was the first fiscal year that four presidents topped the million mark in compensation.
The typical president was more likely to make around $441,000, the median compensation figure in the survey of 212 presidents at 191 public research institutions.
Maryland's three leaders all ranked in the low 80s in terms of highest paid. William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the
And Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland
Public college top earners
1. Graham B. Spanier, Pennsylvania State University at University Park, $2,906,271
2. Jay Gogue,
3. E. Gordon Gee,
4. Alan G. Merten, George Mason University, $1,869,369
5. Jo Ann M. Gora,
6. Mary Sue Coleman,
7. Charles W. Steger,
8. Mark G. Yudof, University of California system, $847,149
9. J. Bernard Machen,
10. Francisco G. Cigarroa, University of Texas system, $815,833
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education