Former University of Texas system chief executive received $2.6 million in total compensation in 2018, highest in U.S.

William H. McRaven, former chief executive at the University of Texas system, earned $2,578,609 in total compensation last year, the highest pay among executives at nearly 250 U.S. public universities and systems ranked in a Chronicle of Higher Education study.

Total compensation can include base pay, bonus compensation, nontaxable benefits and other pay, according to the analysis. In addition, university presidents and chancellors can receive benefits such as access to a house and university car.

The study also provides readers with interactive tools to compare executives’ pay with tuition and fees charged to students and professor pay.

In some cases, more than one university top executive served in the position in a given year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Data from executives’ tenures and backgrounds originated from university websites, newspaper reports and college offices.

The 100 Highest Paid University Executives in U.S.

University Executive School State Total Salary Rank
William H. McRaven University of Texas system Texas $2,578,609 1
Michael K. Young Texas A&M University at College Station Texas $1,893,740 2
Eric J. Barron Pennsylvania State University at University Park Pennsylvania $1,854,881 3
Eli Capilouto University of Kentucky Kentucky $1,534,806 4
Renu Khator University of Houston Texas $1,399,581 5
John Sharp Texas A&M University system Texas $1,358,440 6
Robert L. Duncan Texas Tech University Texas $1,351,282 7
G.P. (Bud) Peterson Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia $1,240,232 8
Michael V. Drake Ohio State University Ohio $1,206,751 9
Michael M. Crow Arizona State University Arizona $1,148,457 10
W. Kent Fuchs University of Florida Florida $1,131,114 11
Anthony A. Frank Colorado State University at Fort Collins Colorado $1,110,339 12
Ana Mari Cauce University of Washington Washington $1,071,083 13
Gregory Postel University of Louisville Kentucky $1,061,435 14
Harris Pastides University of South Carolina at Columbia South Carolina $1,046,899 15
John E. Thrasher Florida State University Florida $1,030,928 16
James P. Clements Clemson University South Carolina $1,016,773 17
David W. Pershing University of Utah Utah $991,381 18
Tedd L. Mitchell Texas Tech University system Texas $982,692 19
Brian McCall Texas State University system Texas $969,410 20
Robert C. Robbins University of Arizona Arizona $934,646 21
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. Purdue University at West Lafayette Indiana $926,559 22
Gregory L. Fenves University of Texas at Austin Texas $914,355 23
Michael A. McRobbie Indiana University system Indiana $909,185 24
E. Gordon Gee West Virginia University West Virginia $902,952 25
Judy L. Genshaft University of Florida Florida $901,866 26
Ruth Watkins University of Utah Utah $894,728 27
Margaret Spellings University of North Carolina North Carolina $893,631 28
Richard Englert Temple University Pennsylvania $875,616 29
Robert L. Barchi Rutgers University New Jersey $870,644 30
Susan Herbst University of Connecticut Connecticut $869,358 31
W. Randolph Woodson North Carolina State University North Carolina $866,723 32
Jeffrey P. Gold University of Nebraska at Omaha Nebraska $849,775 33
Mark S. Schlissel University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Michigan $848,505 34
Brooks A. Keel Augusta University Georgia $841,848 35
Beverly Davenport University of Tennessee at Knoxville Tennessee $821,517 36
Martin T. Meehan University of Tennessee at Knoxville Tennessee $821,517 37
Martin T. Meehan University of Massachusetts system Massachusetts $817,467 38
Michael H. Schill University of Oregon Oregon $798,285 39
Neville Pinto University of Cincinnati Ohio $788,268 40
Lesa B. Roe University of North Texas system Texas $784,903 41
Lou Anna K. Simon Michigan State University Michigan $782,700 42
Rahmat Shoureshi Portland State University Oregon $782,100 43
Michael Rao Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia $778,967 44
Joel S. Bloom New Jersey Institute of Technology New Jersey $762,884 45
Ali A. Houshmand Rowan University New Jersey $753,141 46
Carol L. Folt University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina $748,505 47
Satish K. Tripathi University at Buffalo New York $746,808 48
Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Stony Brook University New York $746,517 49
John W. Kelly Florida Atlantic University Florida $734,694 50
Eric W. Kaler University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minnesota $724,668 51
Robert Jones University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois $720,308 52
Timothy Killeen University of Illinois system Illinois $719,027 53
Mark B. Rosenberg Florida International University Florida $713,698 54
Robert L. Caret University System of Maryland Maryland $706,573 55
Edward J. Ray Oregon State University Oregon $697,753 56
Rita Cheng Northern Arizona University Arizona $695,809 57
Steven Leath Auburn University Alabama $692,394 58
Wallace D. Loh University of Maryland at College Park Maryland $685,090 59
Joseph A. DiPietro University of Tennessee system Tennessee $684,477 60
Kristina M. Johnson State University of New York system New York $674,220 61
Patrick Gallagher University of Pittsburgh main campus Pennsylvania $673,668 62
F. King Alexander Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge Louisiana $672,134 63
Teresa A. Sullivan University of Virginia Virginia $665,968 64
Doug A. Girod University of Kansas Kansas $659,067 65
Jere W. Morehead University of Georgia Georgia $648,699 66
M. Duane Nellis Ohio University Ohio $644,717 67
Ronald M. Berkman Cleveland State University Ohio $639,644 68
Tony G. Waldrop University of South Alabama Alabama $637,307 69
Kirk H. Schulz Washington State University Washington $635,974 70
M. Roy Wilson Wayne State University Michigan $630,000 71
Lawrence Schovanec Texas Tech University Texas $629,685 72
Janet A. Napolitano University of California system California $627,000 73
John R. Broderick Old Dominion University Virginia $623,734 74
James Bruce Harreld University of Iowa Iowa $623,056 75
W. Taylor Reveley III College of William & Mary Virginia $617,149 76
Susan Cole Montclair State University New Jersey $617,109 77
Havidan Rodriguez University at Albany Alabama $616,306 78
Timothy D. Sands Virginia Tech Virginia $611,329 79
Jeffrey S. Vitter University of Mississippi Mississippi $608,963 80
Randy J. Dunn Southern Illinois University system office Illinois $608,748 81
Sharon L. Gaber University of Toledo Ohio $605,746 82
Mark P. Becker Georgia State University Georgia $604,633 83
Beverly J. Warren Kent State University at Kent Ohio $600,812 84
Angel Cabrera George Mason University Virginia $599,320 85
Kenneth R. Evans Lamar University Texas $595,916 86
Mark E. Keenum Mississippi State University Mississippi $595,241 87
Carol T. Christ University of California at Berkeley California $592,446 88
Paul C. Johnson Colorado School of Mines Colorado $590,548 89
Neal J. Smatresk University of North Texas system Texas $586,966 90
Cecil P. Staton East Carolina University North Carolina $578,627 91
Mark W. Huddleston University of New Hampshire New Hampshire $576,065 92
Richard Myers Kansas State University Kansas $574,948 93
Mun Choi University of Missouri system Missouri $574,767 94
William R. Beekman Michigan State University Michigan $572,078 95
Denise Trauth Texas State University system Texas $567,987 96
Wendy Wintersteen Iowa State University Iowa $562,216 97
Thomas Taylor Eighmy University of Texas at San Antonio Texas $560,940 98
Dale Whittaker Binghamton University New York $556,970 99
Hank M. Bounds University of Nebraska system Nebraska $556,446 100

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

This article was first published by The Center Square.



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