By Zac Ellis
Universities may experience budget cuts and other belt-tightening initiatives in the face of economic hardships, but many college presidents seem to be doing just fine.
According to an annual report released by the Chronicle of Higher Education, former Penn State president Graham Spanier received the highest total compensation of any executive from a public college in the 2011-12 fiscal year
Spanier, who was forced out at Penn State in November 2011 following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, pocketed $2.9 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The amount included $1.2 million in severance pay and $1.2 million in deferred pay on top of his $350,959 base salary.
In all, four public university presidents took home more than $1 million in total compensation: Spanier, Auburn's Jay Gogue ($2,542,865), Ohio State's E. Gordon Gee ($1,899,420) and George Mason's Alan G. Merten ($1,869,369).
Gee topped all presidents with a base salary of $830,439.Chronicle New York Times