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New survey of community college presidents' compensation packages

A new national survey of the salaries and benefits of public two- and four-year higher education institution executives shows that their compensations increased on average over a five-year period, but the economic recession slowed that pace last year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey, which included the compensations of the leaders of 64 community colleges and two-year college systems, listed the range of total compensations from $144,330 ($136,160 salary) for the chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical Colleges, to $548,459 ($451,962 salary) for the president of Miami Dade College (MDC) in Florida.
Aside from MDC, the other top compensation packages at community colleges or systems include the executives of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System ($532,907; $304,890 salary), Delaware Technical and Community College Central Office ($450,066; $360,066 salary), Valencia Community College in Florida ($439,135; $284,510 salary) and the Virginia Community College System ($434,654; $337,549), according to the survey.
The salaries and benefits of the top community college leaders were well below those for the top 10 public university CEOs, lead by the president of Ohio State University, who earned $1.6 million last year.
The 2010 compensation data is available at​