Brace yourself, Virginia: This is what top university, college leaders are getting paid

Jerry Falwell Jr., with Liberty University, made nearly $1 million

University of Virginia campus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
University of Virginia campus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Recent data shows some of the highest-paid executives at universities around the country are making well into the millions after bonuses and other pay are added to their base pay.

The Chronicle of Higher Education gathered data on more than 1,400 chief executives from more than 600 private colleges between the years 2008 and 2016 and close to 250 public universities and systems between 2010 and 2018.

Below are the top 10 highest paid leaders at universities in the United States and in Virginia.

Top 10 highest-paid university/college executives in the United States

  • *Kenneth W. Starr - Baylor University (private): $4,946,996
  • Lee C. Bollinger - Columbia University (private): $3,927,961
  • Amy Gutmann - University of Pennsylvania (private): $3,211,681
  • Victor J. Boschini Jr. - Texas Christian University (private): $2,864,303
  • Edward Guiliano - New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury (private): $2,733,651
  • William H. McRaven - University of Texas: $2,578,609
  • Nido Quebein - High Point University (private): $2,368,358
  • Stephen C. Ainlay - Union College (N.Y.) (private): $2,289,549
  • Paula S. Wallace - Savannah College of Art and Design (private): $2,043,120
  • 10. Joel Seligman - University of Rochester (private): $1,990,250
  • Top 10 highest-paid university/college executives in Virginia

  • Jerry Falwell Jr. - Liberty University: $991,527
  • *Teresa A. Sullivan - University of Virginia: $968,341
  • Michael Rao - Virginia Commonwealth University: $778,967
  • *James Edward Ryan - University of Virginia: $696,902
  • John R. Broderick - Old Dominion University: $623,734
  • *W. Taylor Reveley - College of William & Mary: $617,149
  • Ronald A. Crutcher - University of Richmond (private): $599,725
  • Angel Cabrera - George Mason University: $599,320
  • Timothy D. Sands - Virginia Tech: $591,329
  • William R. Harvey - Hampton University: $572,112
  • *Note: Asterisks indicates executive did not serve for a full year.


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