College Presidents

Just as the cost of college has been rising, so have the paychecks for college presidents. A new study ranks the 30 academic heavyweights who pulled in more than $1 million a year.

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1, Bernard Lander

President, Touro College (N.Y.)

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $350,844
Bonus Pay: $85,000
Other Pay: $0
Deferred Benefits: $4,269,390
Nontax Benefits: $6,596
2008 Total Compensation: $4,786,830

2, John R. Brazil

President, Trinity University

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $332,824
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $2,207,096
Deferred Benefits: $233,057
Nontax Benefits: $4,676
2008 Total Compensation: $2,777,653

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3, Robert Gerald Turner

President, Southern Methodist University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $534,866
Bonus Pay: $264,739
Other Pay: $1,627,581
Deferred Benefits: $219,223
Nontax Benefits: $127,591
2008 Total Compensation: $2,774,000

4, Nicholas S. Zeppos

Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $682,071
Bonus Pay: $729,627
Other Pay: $736,626
Deferred Benefits: $226,910
Nontax Benefits: $32,354
2008 Total Compensation: $2,407,588

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5, Steven B. Sample

President, University of Southern California

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $827,597
Bonus Pay: $500,000
Other Pay: $222,728
Deferred Benefits: $231,800
Nontax Benefits: $131,802
2008 Total Compensation: $1,913,927

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6, John L. Lahey

President, Quinnipiac University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $746,043
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $1,059,367
Deferred Benefits: $23,000
Nontax Benefits: $17,017
2008 Total Compensation: $1,845,427

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7, Lee C. Bollinger

President, Columbia University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $878,409
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $12,993
Deferred Benefits: $518,650
Nontax Benefits: $343,932
2008 Total Compensation: $1,753,984

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8, Shirley Ann Jackson

President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $795,001
Bonus Pay: $160,610
Other Pay: $143,012
Deferred Benefits: $526,292
Nontax Benefits: $30,715
2008 Total Compensation: $1,655,630

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9, Constantine N. Papadakis

President, Drexel University

Still employed?: No (Deceased April 2009)
Base Pay: $696,907
Bonus Pay: $310,000
Other Pay: $0
Deferred Benefits: $574,214
Nontax Benefits: $44,971
2008 Total Compensation: $1,626,092

10, Steadman Upham

President, University of Tulsa

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $585,000
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $3,051
Deferred Benefits: $1,030,165
Nontax Benefits: $4,013
2008 Total Compensation: $1,622,229

11, Harold J. Raveché

President, Stevens Institute of Technology

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $601,465
Bonus Pay: $285,000
Other Pay: $29,003
Deferred Benefits: $606,468
Nontax Benefits: $59,530
2008 Total Compensation: $1,581,466

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12, Richard C. Levin

President, Yale University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $965,077
Bonus Pay: $50,000
Other Pay: $165,955
Deferred Benefits: $328,250
Nontax Benefits: $20,726
2008 Total Compensation: $1,530,008

13, John M. Lilley

President, Baylor University

Still employed?: No*
Base Pay: $258,333
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $1,127,392
Deferred Benefits: $14,040
Nontax Benefits: $45,608
2008 Total Compensation: $1,445,373
*Term ended in July 2008.

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14, Nancy Cantor

Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $598,758
Bonus Pay: $500,000
Other Pay: $11,970
Deferred Benefits: $152,214
Nontax Benefits: $123,522
2008 Total Compensation: $1,386,464

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15, Amy Gutmann

President, University of Pennsylvania

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $859,857
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $33,173
Deferred Benefits: $440,000
Nontax Benefits: $33,974
2008 Total Compensation: $1,367,004

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16, John E. Sexton

President, New York University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $1,238,724
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $95,695
Deferred Benefits: $23,000
Nontax Benefits: $9,459
$1,366,878

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17, Henry S. Bienen

President, Northwestern University

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $825,000
Bonus Pay: $100,000
Other Pay: $184,774
Deferred Benefits: $23,000
Nontax Benefits: $128,411
2008 Total Compensation: $1,261,185

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18, James L. Doti

President, Chapman University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $319,062
Bonus Pay: $160,000
Other Pay: $396,071
Deferred Benefits: $268,883
Nontax Benefits: $110,975
2008 Total Compensation: $1,254,991

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19, Richard M. Joel

President, Yeshiva University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $732,143
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $121,508
Deferred Benefits: $215,500
Nontax Benefits: $142,278
2008 Total Compensation: $1,211,429

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20, Donna E. Shalala,

President, University of Miami

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $822,329
Bonus Pay: $50,000
Other Pay: $73,570
Deferred Benefits: $25,300
Nontax Benefits: $206,268
2008 Total Compensation: $1,177,467

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21, Robert J. Zimmer

President, University of Chicago

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $499,616
Bonus Pay: $467
Other Pay: $8,015
Deferred Benefits: $543,400
Nontax Benefits: $110,715
2008 Total Compensation: $1,162,213

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22, Walter D. Broadnax

President, Clark Atlanta University

Still employed?: No*
Base Pay: $1,149,666
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $0
Deferred Benefits: $0
Nontax Benefits: $8,871
2008 Total Compensation: $1,158,537
*Term ended in July 2008.

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23, John L. Hennessy

President, Stanford University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $702,771
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $0
Deferred Benefits: $259,592
Nontax Benefits: $129,226
2008 Total Compensation: $1,091,589

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24, J. Robert Kerrey

President, New School

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $594,356
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $5,285
Deferred Benefits: $157,958
Nontax Benefits: $326,720
2008 Total Compensation: $1,084,319

25, Donald V. DeRosa

President, University of the Pacific

Still employed?: No
Base Pay: $449,863
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $64,591
Deferred Benefits: $504,284
Nontax Benefits: $65,177
2008 Total Compensation: $1,083,915

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26, James W. Wagner

President, Emory University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $779,041
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $65,966
Deferred Benefits: $170,700
Nontax Benefits: $61,807
2008 Total Compensation: $1,077,514

27, Jack P. Varsalona

President, Wilmington University (Del.)

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $376,149
Bonus Pay: $325,500
Other Pay: $5,660
Deferred Benefits: $333,770
Nontax Benefits: $17,489
2008 Total Compensation: $1,058,568

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28, Robert A. Brown

President, Boston University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $691,716
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $47,945
Deferred Benefits: $30,485
Nontax Benefits: $273,146
2008 Total Compensation: $1,043,292

29, David W. Leebron

President, Rice University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $736,987
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $55,210
Deferred Benefits: $139,650
Nontax Benefits: $86,026
$1,017,873
2008 Total Compensation:

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30, Victor J. Boschini Jr.,

Chancellor, Texas Christian University

Still employed?: Yes
Base Pay: $537,439
Bonus Pay: $0
Other Pay: $287,497
Deferred Benefits: $50,500
Nontax Benefits: $130,378
2008 Total Compensation: $1,005,814