Community college presidents average $167,000 in base pay, but blacks and Hispanics earn more, according to an American Association of Community Colleges survey. The median total compensation, which includes base salary plus other pay for fulfilling presidential duties, was $177,462.
That compares to $421,395 for public four-year college presidents in 2010-11, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. For four-year private-college presidents, the median total compensation was $385,909 in 2009.
Hispanic presidents reported the highest median base salary of any ethnic group, at $201,553, the study found. Black presidents had a median base salary of $190,000, and white presidents had a median base salary of $167,200.
. . . black and Hispanic presidents were more likely than their white counterparts to work at large colleges and in urban areas, and both factors are associated with institutions that pay higher salaries.
Female leaders of community colleges reported a median base salary of $170,000, slightly higher than male presidents, but men took a slight lead in total cash compensation.
Most presidents receive additional compensation.
Sixty-six percent said they received a college-provided car or car allowance, 58 percent said they received allowances for professional club dues, and 32 percent said they received college-provided housing or a housing allowance. Only 15 percent reported that their spouse or partner also received allowances.
Some 75 percent of community-college presidents plan to retire in the next 10 years.
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.