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Top 10 Highest Paid College Presidents of 2015

/ March 14, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, a higher education publication, surveyed executive compensation data collected from 2012 IRS filings for around 500 colleges with huge endowments. According the report 36 college presidents earned over $1,000,000.

Here are the top 10 highest paid college presidents in the US.

10) Richard C. Levin

College: Yale University; Compensation: $1,369,856

Richard Levin is a professor of economics and the longest tenured president of Yale University.

9) Marc Tessier-Lavigne

College: Rockefeller University; Compensation: $1,381,341

Canadian neuroscientist Marc Tessier-Lavigne has been the president of the Rockefeller University since 2011.

8) John E. Sexton

College: New York University; Compensation: $1,404,484)

John Sexton is the 15th president of the New York University.

7) David W. Leebron

College: Rice University; Compensation: $1,522,502)

David Leebron is the seventh president of Rice University.

6) Susan Hockfield

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Compensation: $1,679,097)

Neuroscientist Susan Hockfield served as the 16th president of the MIT between 2004 and 2012.

5) Charles R. Middleton

College: Roosevelt University; Compensation: $1,762,956

Charles R. Middleton became the President of Roosevelt University in 2002.

4) Amy Gutmann

College: University of Pennsylvania; Compensation: $2,473,952

Amy Gutmann assumed the office of the President of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

3) Lee C. Bollinger

College: Columbia University; Compensation: $3,389,917

Lawyer and educator Lee Bollinger is serving as the president of the Columbia University since 2002.

2) John L. Lahey

College: Quinnipiac University; Compensation: $3,759,076

John has been the president of the Quinnipiac University since 1987.

1) Shirley Ann Jackson

College: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Compensation: $7,143,312

Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson is right on top of the list. She is the 18th president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The compensation is the direct payment. It includes base salary, bonus, non-taxable benefits and other reportable payment.