How Much Does Your Local College President Make?

The Chronicle of Higher Education put out the numbers this week

The Chronicle of Higher Education released the salaries of presidents of private colleges across the country.

Did you know Drexel University's former president, the late Constantine Papadakis, was making $4.9 million a year? That figure includes base pay of $195,726, a $345,000 bonus, "other pay" of $4.3 million, $32,450 in deferred compensation and $12,335 in nontaxable benefits.

Locally, President Joseph Brosnan makes $303,889 in total compensation. President John Strassburger made $414,909 during his 1995 to 2010 tenure.

The lowest on the list overall? Sister Janet Eisner, of Emmanuel College in Massachusetts, at $7,855 a year.

The second-highest paid president of a private Pennsylvania school is Alfred Bloom of Swarthmore College, making $1.75 million in total compensation until his tenure in 2009.

The lowest-paid president of a private Pennsylvania school is La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss at $27,621 in total compensation.

Here's what some other private Pennsylvania college presidents deposit in their bank accounts for total compensation :

  • University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann: $1.32 million
  • Lehigh University President Alice P. Gast: $921,830
  • Franklin & Marshall College President John A. Fry: $874,587 (2002-2010 tenure)
  • Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon: $816,726
  • Bucknell University President Brian C. Mitchell: $741,034 (2004-2010 tenure)
  • Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty: $701,659
  • Dickinson College President William Durden: $690,041
  • Chatham University President Esther Barazzone: $666,097
  • Lafayette College President Daniel Weiss: $613,021
  • Widener University President James T. Harris III: $606,865
  • Bryn Mawr College President Jane Damman McAuliffe: $542,057
  • York College of Pennsylvania President George Waldner: $481,027
  • Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner: $479,004 (2004-2011 tenure)
  • Haverford College President Stephen Emerson: $466,516 (2007-2011 tenure)
  • Washington and Jefferson College President Tori Haring-Smith: $460,662
  • Point Park University President Paul Hennigan: $454,513
  • Susquehanna University President Jay Lemons: $420,785
  • Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli Jr.: $420,764
  • Robert Morris University President Gregory Dell'Omo: $419,221
  • Albright College President Lex McMillan III: $416,811
  • Ursinus College President John Strassburger: $414,909 (1995-2010 tenure)
  • Gannon University President Antoine Garibaldi: $404,820 (2001-2010 tenure)
  • Muhlenberg College President Peyton Helm: $400,455
  • Alvernia University President Thomas Flynn: $388,873
  • Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs: $380,327
  • Juniata College President Thomas Kepple Jr.: $363,939
  • Wilkes University President Joseph Gilmour: $358,874
  • Grove City College President Richard Jewell: $355,337
  • Allegheny College President James Mullen Jr.: $336,895
  • Cabrini College President Marie Angelella George: $335,945
  • Swarthmore College Presient Rebecca Chopp: $330,752
  • Elizabethtown College President Theodore Long: $324,121 (1996-2011 tenure)
  • Messiah College President Kim Phipps: $323,786
  • Lebanon Valley College President Stephen MacDonald: $316,193
  • Neumann University President Rosalie Mirenda: $313,979
  • Moravian College President Christopher Thornforde: $310,801
  • Saint Vincent College President James Towey: $310,458
  • Misericordia University President Michael MacDowell: $307,955
  • Delaware Valley College President Joseph Brosnan: $303,889
  • Mercyhurst College President Thomas Gamble: $293,903
  • Westminster College President Richard Dorman: $288,352
  • Eastern University President David Black: $264,740
  • Marywood University President Sister Anne Munley: $31,479
  • King's College President Rev. Thomas O'Hara: $29,951
  • University of Scranton President Rev. Scott Pilarz: $28,191 (2003-2011 tenure)

The salaries of the presidents of Villanova, Immaculata, St. Joseph's, DeSales, Holy Family and St. Francis were unavailable.

Lucy Kline December 05, 2011 at 07:37 PM
You should clarify that Papadakis from Drexel died...
Tony Di Domizio December 05, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Hi Lucy. That information is clarified in the second paragraph: "Did you know Drexel University's president, the late Constantine Papadakis, was making ..." Thank you for your comment!


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