Administrative Bloat as It Is Reflected in Presidential Compensation: 2013 Ohio Edition

ACADEME BLOG

Although the increases in the compensation by college and university presidents represent a negligible percentage of their institutions’ budgets, they do very clearly set a baseline for the compensation received by other administrators—their subordinates and the subordinates of their subordinates–and reflect the continuing corporatization of our institutions as it is manifested in the broader increases in the number of administrators and administrative staff.

■ Gordon Gee, Ohio State
2011: Total Compensation, $1,992,221: Base Salary, $814,157; Bonus Pay, $296,786; Deferred Compensation, Set Aside, $881,278.

Rank among Public University Presidents in the U.S.: 1.

2012: Total Compensation: $1,899,420; Base Salary, $830,439.

Rank among Public University Presidents in the U.S.: 3.

2012 Comment: His compensation declined marginally, but he dropped three places in the rankings because two other presidents, at Penn State and at Auburn, resigned with very large retirement packages. After he was forced out at OSU president in 2013, Gee’s retirement…

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