New Jersey’s community college presidents average $186,000 a year plus perks such as housing and car allowances, reports AP. That’s more than the governor makes.
Nationwide, 80 percent of community college presidents get housing and car allowances, concluded a 2006 survey by the American Association of Community Colleges.
John Roueche, director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas, said that those perks are standard, though other extras, like country-club memberships, are being trimmed across the country.
President of Brookdale Community College for 20 years, Peter Burnham got the college to pay for property-tax increases on his home after 2003; he also received $1,500 per month on housing. The college paid for his country-club membership and up to $40,000 a year for his children to attend college.
Burnham resigned in the spring after auditors alleged he charged personal expenses to the college. His lawyers are contesting the audit.
Burlington County College‘s Robert Messina Jr., who’s retiring next year after his 25th year on the job, got the college pay for his wife to travel with him to conferences as a “goodwill ambassador.” A college spokeswoman said that the benefit cost the school less than $1,000 last year.