Women and Minority Presidents of Community Colleges Outearn Their Peers

Jenny Rogers, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2012

Community-college presidents earned a median base salary of $167,000 in 2012, according to a study being released on Tuesday. Bucking trends in the pay of top officials in most other professions, women, on average, earned higher base salaries than did men at the helms of two-year institutions, the study found, and Hispanic and black presidents earned more than their white counterparts.

A report on the study, “Compensation and Benefits of Community College CEOs: 2012”—conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges—says community-college presidents’ base salaries have risen 4.1 to 6.2 percent, depending on the type of institution, over the last six years. The median total compensation, which includes base salary plus other pay for fulfilling presidential duties, was $177,462.


Hispanic presidents reported the highest median base salary of any ethnic group, at $201,553, the study found. Black presidents had a median base salary of $190,000, and white presidents had a median base salary of $167,200.

Further analysis is needed to determine how ethnicity plays a role in community-college presidents’ salary, the report says. But it does note that black and Hispanic presidents were more likely than their white counterparts to work at large colleges and in urban areas, and both factors are associated with institutions that pay higher salaries.



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  • Puggg

    High salaries? For what? Almost all junior colleges are public institutions that have exclusive jurisdiction in the areas they serve. What are these JC CEOs being paid so handsomely for? Because they convinced students who aren’t ready for four-year college to attend their JC instead of the competing JC?

    • The__Bobster

      So are public schools, but Arlene Ackerman was taking home about 500k a year and it cost almost a million to get rid of her.


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      • The__Bobster


        Suburban NY school districts paying $500,000-plus to superintendents
        By ERIK KRISS Bureau Chief
        Last Updated: 2:50 AM, November 14, 2012
        Posted: 1:24 AM, November 14, 2012

        ALBANY — It’s good work if you can get it.

        New York’s 50 highest-paid suburban school-district employees pulled in more than $260,000 apiece in the last school year — with two Long Island superintendents cracking the half-million-dollar mark.

        Teachers notched six-figure salaries on average in the tony Westchester districts of Scarsdale, Bronxville and Byram Hills and in Jericho, LI, in 2011-12, according to a compilation of data by an arm of the Manhattan Institute

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Higher paid Diversity is how we fundamentally transform society away from systemic bias, institutional racism, and structural inequity. More money for “the Other” is how we destroy White privilege.

  • ViktorNN

    Yet another example of why “white privilege” is a ridiculous myth.

  • Racism!

  • Dom


  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Educated single white males are the lowest wage earners in this country. I think illegal day workers make more.

  • Liberalsuck

    The folly is that their money is not earned from the private sector nor did they really have to convince a white person to hire them. Employers are usually forced to hire nonwhites and women over white men and these government jobs are only around if they have a sufficient number of private sector people working to pay the taxes to pay the salaries of the government employees. That soon is coming to an end.