America’s 10 Top-Earning Public University Presidents

Barry Lenson

America’s 10 Top-Earning Public University Presidents

America’s Top 10 Public University Presidents  With states from coast to coast cutting their budgets for education, you’d think that the presidents of public universities would be taking home pretty small paychecks, right? After all, they are public employees.

In case that is what you have been thinking, take a gander at the salaries of America’s 10 most highly paid presidents of public institutions, recently reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Geez, where do we apply?)

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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