Tuesday, November 03, 2009

University Presidents Compensation

Who says university jobs are poorly paid? The latest data reveal some surprises. Who would you guess is the highest paid university president in the US? Harvard? Stanford? Yale? 3 strikes, you are out.

Envelope please. The highest is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Shirley Ann Jackson at US$1.6 million a year. Shirely who? Rensselaer? Not MIT?

Rennselaer Polytech is a respectable engineering school with a combined undergraduate and graduate student body of about 6600. MIT has a student body of 14,000. Latter is consistently ranked as number 1 science/engineering institute of higher learning in the US if not the world. It has 7 Nobel prize winners on its faculty and over 70 bombined past/present winners in its history. It has an endowment of over $11 billion before the bust. Rennselaer is ranked 31 in the latest US News report with a miniscule endowment.

MIT president's compensation at $880,000 not to mention Harvard's $690,000, Caltech's $700,000 do not even rank among the top 20.

So much for logic in the real world.

The latest news report on pay is here.

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