Ever wonder how much the top college leaders are paid each year? The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked the salaries of presidents at the country’s public and private institutions based on 2011 IRS data.
Click through to see the top paid presidents at Massachusetts’ universities and private colleges; but before you do, care to guess who comes out on top?
College of the Holy Cross
Rev. Michael C. McFarland
Total compensation: $0
Base pay: $0
McFarland, a computer scientist with liberal arts teaching experience and a special interest in the intersection of technology and ethics, served as president of the college from July 2000 to December 2011. McFarland had previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington for four years and has published numerous computer science articles. At Holy Cross, he oversaw a record-setting fund-raising campaign, built up infrastructure, and created critical partnerships in between the school and the city of Worcester.
Rev. William P. Leahy
Total compensation: $0
Base pay: $0
An Authority on American Catholic higher education, Fr. Leahy came to Boston College as president in 1996, having served as Marquette University’s COO for four years. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University, among other degrees, and is the author of “Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits, and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century,” as well as numerous scholarly articles on religious and educational history in the United States.
Sister Janet Eisner
Total compensation: $9,076
Base pay: $0
Eisner has served as president of Emmanuel College since 1979, after working at the school as a faculty member, chair of the English department, and director of Admissions. She provided the founding vision for the school’s Fenway collaboration, brought Merck Research Laboratories to campus, and led the transition from an all-women’s college to a coeducational college. Eisner, who currently serves on the Executive Committee of MASCO, the Colleges of Fenway, and the boards of other organizations, guided the development of the present campus with two new buildings.
From left to right: Sister Janet Eisner, President of Emmanuel College; Kathleen O'Toole, Chief Inspector of Garda Siochana Inspectorate; and Catherine Shannon of Scituate, the first woman to be president of the Charitable Irish Society.
Rev. Mark T. Cregan
Total compensation: $42,717
Base pay: $0
After 12 years in the presidency, Cregan announced in September that he will be stepping down in June 2013. He has been a trustee of the college since 1995, and is the second longest-serving president in the college’s history. Cregan said he decided to leave as Stonehill is beginning a long-range planning process for 2025. Under his leadership the college has strengthened its faculty, revitalized its curriculum, established numerous new programs and study abroad and internship opportunities, and set a new fund-raising record with the “Attaining the Summit” campaign.
Total compensation: $357,450
Base pay: $277,795
Cesareo was inaugurated as president of Assumption College in Worcester in October 2007, having served as dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. A historian who specializes in the Renaissance and Reformation periods, he has published numerous articles and authored two books. Cesareo is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Italy.
Total compensation: $367,320
Base pay: $267,388
Angel served as Clark’s provost and vice president of academic affairs from 2003 to 2009 and as a professor of geography, economics, technology, and environment before becoming president of the college in July 2010. His research focuses on technological and organizational change, and he has worked on issues of global economic change and the environment, funded by grants from MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the US Department of Commerce.
M. Lee Pelton
Total compensation: $421,520
Base pay: $322,367
M. Lee Pelton became Emerson College’s president in July 2011, after spending 13 years as the president of Willamette University in Oregon. Prior to that, he served as a dean at Colgate University and Dartmouth College.
Ronald A. Crutcher
Total compensation: $431,962
Base pay: $329,684
Crutcher (left) was inaugurated as president of Wheaton College in April 2005, having assumed the role in July 2004. He led the strategic planning process, “Wheaton 2014: Transforming Lives to Change the World,” calling for the construction of a new facility, the Mars Center for Science and Technology, which opened in September 2011. Crutcher serves as cochair of LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) and is a member of the Board of the Berklee College of Music and the Posse Foundation. Crutcher pursued graduate studies at Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow and is a recipient of a Fulbright Award.
From left to right: Betty Crutcher and her husband, Wheaton College President Ronald Crutcher, Charles Desmond of the Board of Higher Education, and Paula Krebs of Providence, R.I.
Total compensation: $447,377
Base pay: $388,962
Hopey was chosen as Merrimack College’s president in 2010, and was inaugurated in September 2011. He laid forth a 10-year plan that included increasing the student enrollment, making the Merrimack a NCAA Division I school, and expanding intercollegiate athletics. Hopey previously served as vice president and dean of the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and as the vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joseph B. Moore
Total compensation: $475,233
Base pay: $352,212
Moore took office as the president of Lesley University in July 2007 after serving for seven years as the president of Empire State College, as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mansfield University, and as the director of academic affairs and planning in the office of the chancellor at Vermont State College. He currently serves on the board of overseers for the Citi Performing Arts Center, and on the executive board for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.
Carol T. Christ
Total compensation: $484,223
Base pay: $316,560
Christ came to Smith College in 2002 after a 30-year career in teaching and administration at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also served as executive vice chancellor, the university’s top academic offer. At Smith, Christ implemented The Smith Design for Learning: A Plan to Reimagine a Liberal Arts Education, which is aimed at improving priority areas of the college. She graduated from Yale University with her doctorate and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Carol Christ, president of Smith College, is shown speaking at the induction ceremony for 11 students into Phi Beta Kappa.
Mt. Holyoke College
Total compensation: $485,973
Base pay: $350,000
Pasquerella became president of Mount Holyoke in July 2010, after graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the school in 1980. She attended Brown University for a Ph.D. in philosophy on full fellowship, and taught philosophy at the University of Rhode Island from 1985 to 2008, becoming vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school. Since 2008, Pasquerella has served as project leader for a research team with the Africa Center for Engineering and Solutions, working to improve the lives of women in Kenya.
From left: Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Zorica Pantic, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, AICUM President Richard Doherty, Mt. Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish.
Richard B. Flynn
Total compensation: $506,218
Base pay: $341,000
Flynn retired from Springfield College in August 2011, having served as the college’s president since March 1999. He had previously worked at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for 30 years. Springfield built new infrastructure, introduced a fresh food service, and held a $40 million campaign to support campus construction and academic initiatives under Flynn’s leadership. He was honored with the President’s Award of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators in 2007.
Western New England University
Anthony S. Caprio
Total compensation: $528,634
Base pay: $437,100
Caprio began his tenure as president in September 1996, and has led the development of the university’s strategic plan and its implementation, including integrating a liberal arts curriculum within the school’s urban setting and focusing on internationalization of the university. Before coming to Western New England, Caprio served as provost and president at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga.
A group of college presidents gathers on the campus of Mount Holyoke College during the College Consortia Conference: Front: Walter E. Massey, Morehouse College. Second row: Ruth Simmons, Smith College; Anthony S. Caprio, Western New England College; Gregory S. Prince Jr., Hampshire College; Joel Read, Alverno College. Third row: Marilyn Chapin Massey, Pitzer College; Nancy Bekavac, Scripps College; Jorge Klor de Alva, University of Phoenix; Tom Gereety, Amherst College. Fourth row: Michael Carter, Campbellsville University; Kathleen Keating, SSJ, Elms College; R. Stanton Hales Jr., The College of Wooster; Joanne Creighton, Mount Holyoke College; Donald Jeanes, Milligan College. Last row: Henry Riggs, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences; Steadman Upham, Claremont Graduate University; Robert Edwards, Bowdoin College; and David Scott Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
H. Kim Bottomly
Total compensation: $539,591
Base pay: $397,380
Bottomly started her presidential duties at Wellesley College in 2007, and became the school’s ninth president to have not graduated from Wellesley. Prior to coming to Wellesley, Bottomly served as a deputy provost and biologist at Yale University. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and has served on many scientific and medical committees and advisory boards nationwide.
Richard E. Wylie
Total compensation: $540,173
Base pay: $361,175
Dr. Wylie became president of Endicott College in 1987, after serving as a professor and administrator at the University of Connecticut, Temple University, the University of Colorado, and Lesley College. Described as a hands-on president, the school said, Wylie led Endicott to earn four-year status in 1988 and become coeducational in 1994. Wylie is a past president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has served on the board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.
From left: David Vigneron, Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Mark Towner, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts; Walter J. Manninen; Dr. Richard E. Wylie, President of Endicott.
Kenneth K. Quigley Jr.
Total compensation: $555,261
Base pay: $372,672
Quigley began serving Curry College as president in 1996, having been on the faculty there and at Suffolk and Bentley universities. Student enrollments have tripled at Curry since Quigley’s tenure, and the college has completed a building campaign of residential and academic buildings, as well as achieving significant growth in its endowment, according to the college.
Adam F. Falk
Total compensation: $563,032
Base pay: $409,168
Falk became the 17th president of Williams in April 2010, and has overseen a wide reorganization of the college administration and led a successful effort to raise the funds needed to resume the $82 million Sawyer Library Project. He has previously served as the dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and has a background in physics and teaching. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a winner of awards from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, the Research Corporation, and the Sloan Foundation.
Robert L. Caret
Total compensation: $582,000
Base pay: $425,000
Caret officially took office in July 2011, having served as president of Towson University in Maryland and San Jose State University in California. A chemist by trade, Caret previously served on the NCAA presidential task force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics and on the boards of the American Flag Foundation, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He has authored business articles and textbooks on chemistry and higher education and received the George L. Braude Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Chemical Society in 2005.
Robert L. Caret was inaugurated as the 26th president of UMass, during a ceremony at the JFK Library and Museum. He chats with Governor Deval Patrick on stage.
Gloria C. Larson
Total compensation: $676,883
Base pay: $458,451
Larson, who also served as the first female chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, was named Boston Magazine’s most powerful woman in 2003. She had served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts and Vice Chair of the Board of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Board before becoming Bentley’s president in 2007. She serves as a director of Unum Group and of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and is President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts’ Women’s Forum.
Helen G. Drinan
Total compensation: $697,573
Base pay: $395,354
Drinan, an alumna of two Simmons graduate school programs — the School of Management and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science — and a former chair of the Board of Trustees, became president in 2008. She has overseen the largest fund-raising campaign in the college’s history, “Making Education Work,” which is currently at 50 percent of the $85 million goal. Drinan is a member of the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and currently serves the state as a member of the Court Management Advisory Board.
Simmons College President Helen Drinan and author Gregory Maguire.
Total compensation: $709,459
Base pay: $627,313
Barry Brown is a law professor, author, and Suffolk University Law School provost, who served as interim Suffolk University president from 2010 to 2012. In July 2012, he became the president of Mount Ida College in Newton.
Pictured: Current Suffolk University president James McCarthy
Frederick M. Lawrence
Total compensation: $780,881
Base pay: $539,446
Lawrence, a prominent civil rights scholar who once headed the national legal affairs committee of the Anti-Defamation League, stepped up as president of Brandeis in January 2011. He had been serving as dean of George Washington Law School when he was appointed president, and is a former Boston University law professor.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Dennis D. Berkey
Total compensation: $889,876
Base pay: $646,209
Berkey started as president of WPI in July 2004, after serving as BU’s provost. Upon appointment, Berkey said he wanted to broaded WPI’s offerings and bring in more women, as well as strengthen curriculum and make it a model for other universities.
Dennis Berkey, then provost at Boston University, makes an announcement as athletic director Gary Strickler looks on.
Drew Gilpin Faust
Total compensation: $899,734
Base pay: $720,441
Faust became Harvard’s first female president in July 2007, and has since expanded financial aid, broadened the university’s international reach, and launched an online learning partnership with MIT. A historian of the Civil War and the American South, Faust was the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and has authored several books. Oh, and she’s been on The Colbert Report.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Total compensation: $1,199,877
Base pay: $696,054
Hockfield served as the 16th and first female president of MIT from December 2004 to June 2012, and continues to hold a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience. During her tenure, the school launched the MIT Energy Initiative, expanded its engagements with nations such as China, and built upon its OpenCourseWare program. Hockfield is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds numerous honorary degrees.
Robert A. Brown
Total compensation: $1,381,264
Base pay: $752,732
Brown, a chemical engineer, became president of Boston University in September 2005. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences, and initiated an 18-month planning process for BU’s 10-year strategic plan, “Choosing to be Great.” Brown was named one of the top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and previously served as a provost and professor at MIT.
Anthony W. Marx
Total compensation: $1,596,283
Base pay: $1,526,822
Marx served as president of Amherst College from March 2003 to July 2011, when he left to become president of the New York Public Library. Upon the library’s announcement of the move in October 2010, Marx said his accomplishments at Amherst included increased low-income and minority enrollment and a planned new science center. The college consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation during his tenure.
Lawrence S. Bacow
Total compensation: $2,223,752
Base pay: $373,687
Bacow stepped down from Tufts University in July 2011 after leading the school for 10 years. During his tenure, the former student adviser at Tufts and 24-year MIT faculty member advanced the school’s role as a leader in teaching, research, and public service, emphasizing increased collaboration among Tufts’ eight schools. He is currently serving as President-in-Residence in the Higher Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education for one year.
Joseph E. Aoun
Total compensation: $3,121,864
Base pay: $674,498
Aoun took over the presidency at Northeastern University in August 2006, having been dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and philosophy from MIT and advanced degrees from the University of Paris and Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He has published eight books and written more than 40 articles. He even has his own YouTube Web series.
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