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Three Md. leaders among nation’s top earners in higher education

Alexander Pyles//Daily Record Business Writer//May 13, 2013

Three Md. leaders among nation’s top earners in higher education

By Alexander Pyles

//Daily Record Business Writer

//May 13, 2013

Three of Maryland’s public university leaders ranked among the top 212 earners among their peers in 2012, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Topping the list was University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, who earned $490,000 last year, the 80th-highest salary overall.

Kirwan was followed by University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III (82nd) at $486,984 and University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace D. Loh (83rd) at $482,625.

While Maryland’s leaders ranked above the national average, the top earners made about five times more. No. 1 on the list, deposed Pennsylvania State University President Graham B. Spanier earned $2.9 million last year — $1.2 million of which was severance pay — and Auburn University President Jay Gogue earned $2.5 million.

E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University earned $1.9 million, and Alan G. Merten of George Mason University earned $1.87 million to round out the million-dollar club.

But the salary of public university administrators pales in comparison with some of their most high-profile employees. The highest-paid public employees in 40 of 50 states are college football, basketball and, in one case, hockey coaches, according to

The Chronicle’s annual analysis, published Sunday, included 212 college leaders at 191 public institutions.


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