College Presidents Deserve to Be Paid Like Corporate C.E.O.'s

To the Editor:

The Chronicle's annual survey of the compensation of private-college presidents is a guaranteed attention getter ("74 Private-College Presidents Earned More Than $300,000 in 1998-99," November 24). It is a fair guess that even chief executives who oppose making this information public carefully scan the tables to see how their colleagues are faring.

What bothers me is the almost breathless tone of the piece, implying that there is something scandalous about the