C-Suite Agenda

America’s Top 50 Highest Paid Private University Presidents

University Students

With an earnings of $4 million, Wake Forest University President, Nathan O. Hatch was the highest-paid private university head in the United States, according to a new survey of executive compensation at private universities by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

How much America’s top 50 highest-paid private-university presidents make?

Of his total compensation of $4,004,617, Nathan O. Hatch’s base salary was $839,944 in 2015. He was paid a $92,000 bonus and received $3,009,376 in other compensation.

James W. Wagner, the former leader of Emory University in Atlanta, came in 2nd with an earnings of $3.5 million.

At nearly $3.2 million, C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California was the third-highest paid president in the United States, followed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Amy Gutmann, and the University of Chicago’ Robert J. Zimmer.

Private university presidents earned an average of $569,932 in 2015 — up 9% from the year before, the study found.

America’s highest-paid private-college presidents:

  1. Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest University in North Carolina
    Estimated earning: $4,004,617
  2. James W. Wagner, Emory University in Atlanta
    Estimated earning: $3,510,451
  3. C.L. Max Nikias, University of Southern California
    Estimated earning: $3,182,364
  4. Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania
    Estimated earning: $3,086,395
  5. Robert J. Zimmer,  University of Chicago
    Estimated earning: $2,864,887
  6. Lee C. Bollinger,  Columbia University
    Estimated earning: $2,507,637
  7. Robert A. Brown, Boston University
    Estimated earning: $2,483,146
  8. Daniel J. Curran, University of Dayton
    Estimated earning: $2,442,168
  9. Joanne K. Glasser, Bradley University
    Estimated earning: $2,350,851
  10. David E. Van Zandt, New School
    Estimated earning: $2,081,584
  11. Joseph W. Polisi, Juilliard School
    Estimated earning: $1,983,788
  12. Stephen K. Klasko, Thomas Jefferson University
    Estimated earning: $1,944,932
  13. John A. Fry, Drexel University
    Estimated earning: $1,913,914
  14. Paula S. Wallace, Savannah College of Art and Design
    Estimated earning: $1,901,846
  15. Catharine Bond Hill, Vassar College
    Estimated earning: $1,774,446
  16. David W. Leebron, Rice University
    Estimated earning: $1,730,998
  17. Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University
    Estimated earning: $1,720,982
  18. George L. Hanbury II, Nova Southeastern University
    Estimated earning: $1,686,385
  19. Victor J. Boschini Jr., Texas Christian University
    Estimated earning: $1,578,750
  20. Peter W. Butler, Rush University
    Estimated earning: $1,572,095
  21. Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University
    Estimated earning: $1,565,251
  22. Morton O. Schapiro, Northwestern University
    Estimated earning: $1,527,994
  23. Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami
    Estimated earning: $1,472,442
  24. John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac University
    Estimated earning: $1,455,168
  25. Joseph E. Aoun, Northeastern University
    Estimated earning: $1,449,254
  26. Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Estimated earning: $1,425,669
  27. George E. Martin, St. Edward’s University
    Estimated earning: $1,397,470
  28. Nicholas S. Zeppos, Vanderbilt University
    Estimated earning: $1,384,985
  29. Kenneth W. Starr, Baylor University
    Estimated earning: $1,362,956
  30. Ronald J. Daniels, Johns Hopkins University
    Estimated earning: $1,336,294
  31. Dennis J. Murray, Marist College
    Estimated earning: $1,317,122
  32. Joel Seligman, University of Rochester
    Estimated earning: $1,296,635
  33. Richard H. Brodhead, Duke University
    Estimated earning: $1,257,980
  34. Edward Guiliano, New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury
    Estimated earning: $1,246,951
  35. Steven Knapp, George Washington University
    Estimated earning: $1,224,555
  36. Mark S. Wrighton, Washington University in St. Louis
    Estimated earning: $1,219,667
  37. Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University
    Estimated earning: $1,205,311
  38. John L. Hennessy, Stanford University
    Estimated earning: $1,202,934
  39. Charles F. Monahan Jr., MCPHS University
    Estimated earning: $1,173,931
  40. Peter Salovey, Yale University
    Estimated earning: $1,157,488
  41. Barbara R. Snyder ,Case Western Reserve University
    Estimated earning: $1,152,836
  42. Julio Frenk, University of Miami
    Estimated earning: $1,136,364
  43. Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra University
    Estimated earning: $1,125,942
  44. R. Gerald Turner, Southern Methodist University
    Estimated earning: $1,088,246
  45. Nido Qubein, High Point University
    Estimated earning: $1,080,026
  46. Christina Hull Paxson, Brown University
    Estimated earning: $1,067,491
  47. Philip Hanlon, Dartmouth College
    Estimated earning: $1,067,366
  48. Robert Fisher, Belmont University
    Estimated earning: $1,059,664
  49. Steadman Upham., University of Tulsa
    Estimated earning: $1,056,885
  50. Cornelius M. Kerwin, American University
    Estimated earning: $1,050,610
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.