Brace yourself, Texas: This is what top university, college leaders are getting paid

Highest-paid executive made nearly $5 million

By Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group

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Recent data shows some of the highest-paid executives at universities around the country are making well into the millions after bonuses and other pay are added to their base pay.

The Chronicle of Higher Education gathered data on more than 1,400 chief executives from more than 600 private colleges between the years 2008 and 2016 and close to 250 public universities and systems between 2010 and 2018.

Below are the top 10 highest paid leaders at universities in the United States and in Texas.

Top 10 highest-paid university/college executives in the United States

  1. *Kenneth W. Starr - Baylor University (private): $4,946,996
  2. Lee C. Bollinger - Columbia University (private): $3,927,961
  3. Amy Gutmann - University of Pennsylvania (private): $3,211,681
  4. Victor J. Boschini Jr. - Texas Christian University (private): $2,864,303
  5. Edward Guiliano - New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury (private): $2,733,651
  6. William H. McRaven - University of Texas: $2,578,609
  7. Nido Quien - High Point University (private): $2,368,358
  8. Stephen C. Ainlay - Union College (N.Y.) (private): $2,289,549
  9. Paula S. Wallace - Savannah College of Art and Design (private): $2,043,120
  10. 10. Joel Seligman - University of Rochester (private): $1,990,250

Top 10 highest-paid university/college executives in Texas

  1. *Kenneth W. Starr - Baylor University (private): $4,946,996
  2. Victor J. Boschini Jr. - Texas Christian University (private): $2,864,303
  3. William H. McRaven - University of Texas system: $2,578,740
  4. Michael K. Young - Texas A&M University at College Station: $1,893,740
  5. Renu Khator - University of Houston: $1,399,581
  6. John Sharp - Texas A&M University system office: $1,358,440
  7. Robert L. Duncan - Texas Tech University system: $1,351,282
  8. David W. Leebron - Rice University (private): $1,333,175
  9. R. Gerald Turner - Southern Methodist University (private): $1,332,101
  10. Louise J. Agnese Jr. - University of the Incarnate Word (private): $1,074,423

*Note: Starr did not serve as executive for a full year.


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