Paychecks Top More Than $1-Million for 23 Private-College Presidents

Rensselaer's chief tops the list at nearly $1.6-million

Paychecks Top More Than $1-Million for 23 Private-College Presidents 1

James Estrin, The New York Times, Redux

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the highest-paid private-college leader in this year's survey, stands inside the university's new performing-arts center.

Shirley Ann Jackson had big plans when she was hired as president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a decade ago. Shovels hit the ground soon after as part of a wide-ranging strategic plan that she directed. Ms. Jackson's compensation matched her ambition, and just two years into her presidency she was the highest-paid private-college chief.

Now, after a decade on the job, she's back on top again with a pay package of $1,598,247 for the 2007-8 fiscal year, the most recent data