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Taxpayer-funded riches

Taxpayer-funded riches

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$544,136

The average total pay for presidents of taxpayer-supported public universities in 2019, according to a report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nineteen public university presidents received more than $1 million in total pay, and another 13 received more than $900,000. One president, Dale Whittaker of the University of Central Florida, received $600,000 in severance pay in 2019 after serving on the job for seven months and then leaving amid a scandal involving the misappropriation of funds by subordinates.

$2.8 million

The total pay for Georgia State President Mark P. Becker in 2019—making Becker the highest-paid president of a public university—according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

$1.8 million

The total pay for former Auburn President Steven Leath in 2019, making Leath the second-highest-paid president of a public ­university.

$1.6 million 

The total pay for Texas A&M at College Station President Michael K. Young in 2019, making him the third-highest-­paid president of a public university.

$1.4 million 

The total pay for Ohio State President Michael Drake in 2019, making him the fourth-highest-paid president of a public university.

$1.3 million 

The total pay for Texas A&M System President John Sharp in 2019, making him the fifth-highest-paid president of a public university.