None of Washington’s public university presidents made the top-10 list of highest-paid college executives this year, but the study didn’t count a full year’s worth of salary for University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce.
None of Washington’s public university presidents made the top-10 list of highest-paid executives on The Chronicle of Education’s annual salary survey this year. But timing had a lot to do with it.
Washington’s highest-paid public university president, Ana Mari Cauce, became president of the University of Washington in October 2015. The Chronicle’s salary survey covers the period from July 2015 to June 2016, so it does not include a full year’s worth of Cauce’s presidential salary; it shows her making $524,265, or 91st on a list of 239 school presidents.
But if it had included an entire year of pay, Cauce likely would have made the top-10, and might have been listed as the highest-paid woman president of a state university in the country.
Critics have long argued that the nation’s university presidents make far too much money. Defenders say a good president is worth every penny. In the late 2000s, former UW President Mark Emmert was the second-highest-paid university president in the country, a sore point for some faculty members, lawmakers and the public.
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In 2015-16, Cauce made $910,000 a year, under a five-year contract approved in November 2015. She received a base salary of $697,500, deferred compensation of $150,000 a year, an annual $50,500 contribution to a retirement account and a $12,000 annual automobile allowance. (She has pledged to donate $100,000 of her salary each…