The Highest-Paid College Presidents Who Are African Americans

A recent survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education finds that compensation paid to college and university presidents has increased dramatically in recent years. The survey states that the median compensation for a president of public universities is nearly $375,000.

At private colleges and universities, many of which are quite small, the median compensation is under $300,000. But 10 percent of all private college and university presidents earn more than $500,000 a year.

Where do African-American college presidents stand? Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was ranked as the fourth highest paid president of a large research university. Her annual compensation, which is buffeted by membership on the board of directors of several large corporations, was close to $1 million.

Here we list the African-American college presidents included in the survey with the highest total compensation in 2005: