UNR chief executive received $464,989 in 2018 in total pay


Marc A. Johnson, chief executive at the University of Nevada-Reno, earned $464,989 in total compensation last year, the 149th highest pay among executives at nearly 250 U.S. public universities and systems ranked in a Chronicle of Higher Education study.

Total compensation can include base pay, bonus compensation, nontaxable benefits and other pay, according to the analysis. In addition, university presidents and chancellors can receive benefits such as access to a house and university car.

The study also provides readers with interactive tools to compare executives’ pay with tuition and fees charged to students and professor pay.

In some cases, more than one university top executive served in the position in a given year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Data from executives’ tenures and backgrounds originated from university websites, newspaper reports and college offices. 

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The 100 Highest Paid University Executives in U.S.

University ExecutiveSchoolStateTotal SalaryRank
William H. McRavenUniversity of Texas systemTexas$2,578,6091
Michael K. Young Texas A&M University at College StationTexas$1,893,7402
Eric J. BarronPennsylvania State University at University ParkPennsylvania$1,854,8813
Eli CapiloutoUniversity of KentuckyKentucky$1,534,8064
Renu KhatorUniversity of HoustonTexas$1,399,5815
John SharpTexas A&M University systemTexas$1,358,4406
Robert L. DuncanTexas Tech UniversityTexas$1,351,2827
G.P. (Bud) PetersonGeorgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgia$1,240,2328
Michael V. DrakeOhio State UniversityOhio$1,206,7519
Michael M. CrowArizona State UniversityArizona$1,148,45710
W. Kent FuchsUniversity of FloridaFlorida$1,131,11411
Anthony A. FrankColorado State University at Fort CollinsColorado$1,110,33912
Ana Mari CauceUniversity of WashingtonWashington$1,071,08313
Gregory Postel University of LouisvilleKentucky$1,061,43514
Harris PastidesUniversity of South Carolina at ColumbiaSouth Carolina$1,046,89915
John E. ThrasherFlorida State UniversityFlorida$1,030,92816
James P. ClementsClemson UniversitySouth Carolina$1,016,77317
David W. PershingUniversity of UtahUtah$991,38118
Tedd L. MitchellTexas Tech University systemTexas$982,69219
Brian McCallTexas State University systemTexas$969,41020
Robert C. RobbinsUniversity of ArizonaArizona$934,64621
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.Purdue University at West LafayetteIndiana$926,55922
Gregory L. FenvesUniversity of Texas at AustinTexas$914,35523
Michael A. McRobbieIndiana University systemIndiana$909,18524
E. Gordon GeeWest Virginia UniversityWest Virginia$902,95225
Judy L. GenshaftUniversity of FloridaFlorida$901,86626
Ruth WatkinsUniversity of UtahUtah$894,72827
Margaret SpellingsUniversity of North CarolinaNorth Carolina$893,63128
Richard EnglertTemple UniversityPennsylvania$875,61629
Robert L. BarchiRutgers UniversityNew Jersey$870,64430
Susan HerbstUniversity of Connecticut

Connecticut$869,35831
W. Randolph WoodsonNorth Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina$866,72332
Jeffrey P. GoldUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaNebraska$849,77533
Mark S. Schlissel University of Michigan at Ann ArborMichigan$848,50534
Brooks A. KeelAugusta UniversityGeorgia$841,84835
Beverly DavenportUniversity of Tennessee at KnoxvilleTennessee$821,51736
Martin T. MeehanUniversity of Tennessee at KnoxvilleTennessee$821,51737
Martin T. MeehanUniversity of Massachusetts systemMassachusetts$817,46738
Michael H. SchillUniversity of OregonOregon$798,28539
Neville PintoUniversity of CincinnatiOhio$788,26840
Lesa B. RoeUniversity of North Texas systemTexas$784,90341
Lou Anna K. SimonMichigan State UniversityMichigan$782,70042
Rahmat ShoureshiPortland State UniversityOregon$782,10043
Michael RaoVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginia$778,96744
Joel S. BloomNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNew Jersey$762,88445
Ali A. HoushmandRowan UniversityNew Jersey$753,14146
Carol L. FoltUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth Carolina$748,50547
Satish K. TripathiUniversity at BuffaloNew York$746,80848
Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Stony Brook UniversityNew York$746,51749
John W. KellyFlorida Atlantic UniversityFlorida$734,69450
Eric W. KalerUniversity of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinnesota$724,66851
Robert JonesUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllinois$720,30852
Timothy KilleenUniversity of Illinois systemIllinois$719,02753
Mark B. RosenbergFlorida International UniversityFlorida$713,69854
Robert L. CaretUniversity System of MarylandMaryland$706,57355
Edward J. RayOregon State UniversityOregon$697,75356
Rita ChengNorthern Arizona UniversityArizona$695,80957
Steven LeathAuburn UniversityAlabama$692,39458
Wallace D. LohUniversity of Maryland at College ParkMaryland$685,09059
Joseph A. DiPietroUniversity of Tennessee systemTennessee$684,47760
Kristina M. JohnsonState University of New York systemNew York$674,22061
Patrick GallagherUniversity of Pittsburgh main campusPennsylvania$673,66862
F. King AlexanderLouisiana State University at Baton RougeLouisiana$672,13463
Teresa A. SullivanUniversity of VirginiaVirginia$665,96864
Doug A. GirodUniversity of KansasKansas$659,06765
Jere W. MoreheadUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia$648,69966
M. Duane NellisOhio UniversityOhio$644,71767
Ronald M. BerkmanCleveland State UniversityOhio$639,64468
Tony G. WaldropUniversity of South AlabamaAlabama$637,30769
Kirk H. SchulzWashington State UniversityWashington$635,97470
M. Roy WilsonWayne State UniversityMichigan$630,00071
Lawrence SchovanecTexas Tech UniversityTexas$629,68572
Janet A. NapolitanoUniversity of California systemCalifornia$627,00073
John R. BroderickOld Dominion UniversityVirginia$623,73474
James Bruce HarreldUniversity of IowaIowa$623,05675
W. Taylor Reveley IIICollege of William & MaryVirginia$617,14976
Susan ColeMontclair State UniversityNew Jersey$617,10977
Havidan RodriguezUniversity at AlbanyAlabama$616,30678
Timothy D. SandsVirginia TechVirginia$611,32979
Jeffrey S. VitterUniversity of MississippiMississippi$608,96380
Randy J. DunnSouthern Illinois University system officeIllinois$608,74881
Sharon L. GaberUniversity of ToledoOhio$605,74682
Mark P. BeckerGeorgia State UniversityGeorgia$604,63383
Beverly J. WarrenKent State University at KentOhio$600,81284
Angel CabreraGeorge Mason UniversityVirginia$599,32085
Kenneth R. EvansLamar UniversityTexas$595,91686
Mark E. KeenumMississippi State UniversityMississippi$595,24187
Carol T. ChristUniversity of California at BerkeleyCalifornia$592,44688
Paul C. JohnsonColorado School of MinesColorado$590,54889
Neal J. SmatreskUniversity of North Texas systemTexas$586,96690
Cecil P. StatonEast Carolina UniversityNorth Carolina$578,62791
Mark W. HuddlestonUniversity of New HampshireNew Hampshire$576,06592
Richard MyersKansas State UniversityKansas$574,94893
Mun ChoiUniversity of Missouri systemMissouri$574,76794
William R. BeekmanMichigan State UniversityMichigan$572,07895
Denise TrauthTexas State University systemTexas$567,98796
Wendy WintersteenIowa State UniversityIowa$562,21697
Thomas Taylor EighmyUniversity of Texas at San AntonioTexas$560,94098
Dale WhittakerBinghamton UniversityNew York$556,97099
Hank M. BoundsUniversity of Nebraska systemNebraska$556,446100
Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

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