The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 18th, 2014
The three highest-paid public-college
leaders in the
nation have something in common: They earned hundreds of
thousands of dollars on their way out the door.
The size of the parting packages given to these men—two who resigned
amid long-churning controversies and one
unexpectedly—demonstrates just how expensive it can be for a college to
end the presidency of a well-paid chief.
E. Gordon Gee, the popular and gaffe-prone former president of Ohio
State University, earned more than $6-million in 2012-13, making him the
nation’s top-paid college leader for that period, a Chronicle analysis has found. Mr. Gee has maintained that he resigned
of his own accord last summer, but the decision came as trustees
expressed impatience and disappointment with his often-ill-considered