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Private college salaries – who makes the big bucks?

October 13, 2011

It’s no secret that higher ups in higher education can earn generous salaries, especially at well-endowed institutions like Brown University. I looked at tax forms filed in 2010 for Rhode Island’s private colleges and universities, and here’s what I found.

The highest base salary for any administrator at a local university went to Richard Gouse, President and Trustee at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick. He took home $898,000 in the tax year ending in June of 2010.

Keno Davis, the recently departed basketball coach at Providence College came in second. He made a cool $771,000, and that was before benefits or other compensation.

The third highest paid university administrator is John Bowen, the President of Johnson & Wales University. Bowen heads the overall organization, not just the school’s Providence campus. He earned $610,540, while Providence campus President Irving Schneider made $282,000, the lowest salary listed for a university president in Rhode Island.

Brown University had the most senior administrators earning more than $300,000 a year in base salary. Seven people fell into that category, including President Ruth Simmons at $549,000 a year, Medical School Dean Ed Wing with $516,000 and Eli Adashi, the former Dean of Medicine and a professor of Biological Sciences, who earned $442,000.

RISD President John Maeda earned $438,580, making him 7th on the list of top higher ed earners in the Ocean State.

Salve Regina University and Providence College do not list any salary for their presidents, who are both members of religious orders.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessica permalink
    October 16, 2011 5:21 pm

    I am looking for the 2010 990s or other fax forms online for RISD and Brown. Did you find them online or did you have to request them? Thanks

    • October 20, 2011 2:43 pm

      You can get 990s from the IRS. Try the website Guidestar.com, which posts some of the information online.

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