[Ohio State University President E. Gordon] Gee, who in 2007 became the first public university president to earn more than $1 million, had a base salary last year of $830,439, the highest among the 212 chief executives included in the Chronicle report. He is known for prodigious fund-raising energy, which has brought the university more than $1.6 billion since he took the post, and for the lavish lifestyle his job supports, including a rent-free mansion with an elevator, a pool and a tennis court and flights on private jets.Mr. Stripling said there had been a sea change in the last few years, with the rich getting richer and some pay packages exceeding not just $1 million, but $2 million. Deferred compensation agreements can increase pay drastically, as was the case with Mr. Gogue, whose pay went from $720,000 to $2.5 million in a single year when he completed a five-year contract.
America’s public universities system should be a place for students looking to get a quality education for less money, not a place where administrators make bank while students get gouged on prices.Public schools ought to be looking for ways to tighten their belts. Top executive salaries would be a good place to start.[College quad image courtesy of Shutterstock]