University of Texas chief executive received $2,578,609 in 2018 in total pay


William H. McRaven, chief executive at the University of Texas, 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. 

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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

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