Study: 10 private university chiefs topped $2M in 2015

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A study by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that average pay for private university presidents increased 9 percent in 2015, to nearly $570,000. Ten presidents received more than $2 million in total earnings, up from eight in 2014. Compensation figures include yearly salaries, medical insurance, bonuses and other benefits. The top-paid presidents are:

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Chief Executive Institution Total Compensation
Nathan O. Hatch Wake Forest University $4,004,617
James W. Wagner Emory University $3,510,451
C.L. Max Nikias University of Southern California $3,182,364
Amy Gutmann University of Pennsylvania $3,086,395
Robert J. Zimmer University of Chicago $2,864,887
Lee C. Bollinger Columbia University $2,507,637
Robert A. Brown Boston University $2,483,146
Daniel J. Curran University of Dayton $2,442,168
Joanne K. Glasser Bradley University $2,350,851
David E. Van Zandt New School $2,081,584


Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education