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Top Salaries for Presidents of Research-Extensive Universities

Rank Institution President 2003–4 total compensation ’02–’03 rank 2002–3 total
compensation
1 Vanderbilt Gordon Gee $1,326,786 3 $887,209
2 RPI Shirley Ann Jackson ’68 $939,346 4 $848,057
3 UPenn Judith Rodin $934,922 2 $893,213
4 NYU John E. Sexton $897,139 6 $773,012
5 Johns Hopkins William R. Brody ’65 $895,774 1 $897,786
6 American Benjamin Ladner $814,177 14 $614,360
7 Syracuse Kenneth A. Shaw $802,731 29 $488,204
8* BU Aram V. Chobanian $778,496 5 $808,677
11 Yale Richard C. Levin $715,212 8 $695,025
17 MIT Charles M. Vest $653,822 11 $639,675
22 Caltech David Baltimore $575,516 19 $587,505
23 Princeton Shirley M. Tilghman $564,619 24 $533,057
25 Stanford John L. Hennessy $562,177 20 $585,634
27 Harvard Lawrence H. Summers ’75 $554,098 26 $529,397

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

Top salaries of presidents of private research-extensive universities, which award 50 or more doctoral degrees annually across at least 15 disciplines. The top paid president across all categories of universities was Donald E. Ross of Lynn University, whose 2003–2004 compensation was $5,042,315.

* Chobanian became interim president of BU in Nov. 2003; the previous year’s salary was for then-Chancellor John Silber.