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10 Public Universities Run by Highest-Paid Presidents

Darian Somers , Josh Moody

College presidents with high salaries

The U.S. president makes $400,000 per year. But numerous university presidents make more than double that. At least 40 National University presidents earn twice what President Donald Trump does on a yearly basis, according to a 2019 report from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The report, which gathered the salary data of more than 1,400 chief executives of both private and public universities, lists 17 public university presidents who make more than $1 million. Here are the 10 public National Universities where presidents had the highest salaries in 2018-19.

Arizona State University--Tempe

President: Michael M. Crow

Total pay: $1,148,457

Base pay: $686,538

U.S. News rank: 115 (tie)

Learn more about Arizona State University--Tempe.

Ohio State University--Columbus

President: Michael V. Drake

Total pay: $1,206,751

Base pay: $856,041

U.S. News rank: 56 (tie)

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Georgia Institute of Technology

President: G.P. (Bud) Peterson

Total pay: $1,240,232

Base salary: $691,544

U.S. News rank: 35 (tie)

Learn more about Georgia Institute of Technology.

Texas Tech University System

President: Robert L. Duncan

Total pay: $1,351,282 (partial-year compensation)

Base pay: $387,900 (partial-year compensation)

Schools in the Texas Tech University system: Angelo State University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

Texas A&M University System

President: John Sharp

Total pay: $1,358,440

Base pay: $900,000

Schools in Texas A&M system: Texas A&M University--College Station, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University--Commerce, Tarleton State University, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University--Kingsville, Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University--Texarkana, Texas A&M University--Central Texas and Texas A&M University--San Antonio.

University of Houston

President: Renu Khator

Total pay: $1,399,581

Base pay: $790,949

U.S. News rank: 171 (tie)

Learn more about the University of Houston.

University of Kentucky

President: Eli Capilouto

Total pay: $1,534,806

Base pay: $821,896

U.S. News rank: 147 (tie)

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Pennsylvania State University--University Park

President: Eric J. Barron

Total pay: $1,854,881

Base pay: $834,364

U.S. News rank: 59 (tie)

Learn more about Pennsylvania State University--University Park.

Texas A&M University--College Station

President: Michael K. Young

Total pay: $1,893,740

Base pay: $1,000,000

U.S. News rank: 66 (tie)

Learn more about Texas A&M University--College Station.

University of Texas System

President: William H. McRaven

Total pay: $2,578,609

Base pay: $600,413

Schools in the University of Texas system: University of Texas--Arlington, University of Texas--Austin, University of Texas--Dallas, University of Texas--El Paso, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, University of Texas--Rio Grande Valley, University of Texas--San Antonio, University of Texas--Tyler, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas Medical Branch--Galveston, University of Texas Health Science Center--Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center--San Antonio, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

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Highest-paid presidents at public universities:

-- William H. McRaven, $2,578,609, University of Texas System

-- Michael K. Young, $1,893,740, Texas A&M University--College Station

-- Eric J. Barron, $1,854,881, Pennsylvania State University--University Park

-- Eli Capilouto, $1,534,806, University of Kentucky

-- Renu Khator, $1,399,581, University of Houston

-- John Sharp, $1,358,440, Texas A&M University System

-- Robert L. Duncan, $1,351,282, Texas Tech University System

-- G.P. (Bud) Peterson, $1,240,232, Georgia Institute of Technology

-- Michael V. Drake, Ohio State University--Columbus, $1,206,751

-- Michael M. Crow, $1,148,457, Arizona State University--Tempe

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