It might have been American University president Ben Ladner’s outrageous expenses that made headlines last year, but new numbers from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey of university presidents show that his area colleagues weren’t hurting for cash. Two noteworthy exceptions: Catholic University’s Very Rev. David M. O’Connell seems to have taken a vow of poverty, and George Mason’s Alan Merten is the lowest-paid president in the Virginia system by almost half.
Here’s how they did:
AU’s Ladner: $881,696
GWU’s Stephen Tractenberg: $719,159
UVa’s John Casteen III: $677,980
Gallaudet’s I. King Jordan: $602,248
Georgetown’s John DeGioia: $565,578
UMd’s C.D. Mote Jr.: $432,539
Catholic’s O’Connell: $236,562 (paid to religious order)
UDC’s William Pollard: $235,665
GMU’s Merten: $228,543
Figures describe 2004–05 total compensation, including salary, deferred payments, allowances, and bonuses.