What Presidents Make
Some public-college leaders take home millions, with perks.
In many states, the top-paid public employee can be found in the athletic department of the flagship university. At 67 institutions, the paycheck for an athletic director or coach far outpaced that of the university’s chief executive.
A typical leader of a public institution of higher education made 4.4 times as much as the average full professor on that campus in 2019. Read The Chronicle’s annual report to see the outliers at the top.
Public colleges produced 19 millionaire leaders in 2019, far outpacing the average total compensation, $544,136, for all chief executives within the sector last year.
Housing and automobile benefits for leaders of public colleges are ubiquitous within higher education. Visit chronicle.com/compensation to see how your chief executive compares with the rest.
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Public colleges produced 19 millionaire leaders in 2019, far outpacing the average total compensation, $544,136, for all chief executives within the sector last year. The compensation data are part of The Chronicle’s annual survey of public-college leaders. Data were collected for 275 chief executives at 231 public colleges and systems. The Chronicle identified six trends from this year’s collection effort. Further information on pay history, as well as a full breakdown of compensation, can be found online at chronicle.com/compensation.