The Highest Paid College President in the Country is a Black Woman12/19/2014
by Tamar Levin The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , Shirley Ann Jackson, was the nation’s highest-paid president of a priv...
by Tamar Levin
The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson, was the nation’s highest-paid president of a private college in 2012, with total compensation of $7,143,312 — almost twice as much as the next most highly compensated president — according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual pay survey.
Most of Dr. Jackson’s compensation, however, came from a $5.9 million retention incentive set aside over the last 10 years, said Arthur Gajarsa, chairman of the Rensselaer board of trustees. Dr. Jackson, a theoretical physicist and former chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who has headed Rensselaer since 1999, received a base salary of $945,000.
Indeed, he said, the board has awarded her a second 10-year deferred compensation package, of about the same size, to retain her for the next decade.
Below Dr. Jackson on the list were John L. Lahey of Quinnipiac University ($3,759,076), Lee Bollinger of Columbia University ($3,389,917), Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania ($2,473,952) and Charles R. Middleton of Roosevelt University ($1,762,956)
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