If you lose your job amid a scandal on your watch, you'd get paid $5 million, right?
News Radio 1200 WOAI reports the Chronicle of Higher Education has labeled Ken Starr the top paid college president in the country in 2016, the latest year where data is available, pulling in $4,946,000 as President of Baylor University. The vast majority of that was $4.5 million in a buyout of his contract following the scandal involving sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the Baylor's football team.
But being a president of a Texas college is a license to print money, whether that college is public or private, according to the chronicle.William McRaven, the San Antonio native who was the chancellor of the University of Texas System was paid just over $1.5 million in 2016.
It seems the job of 'chancellor' is the one to have if you want to rake in big money from taxpayers.
John Sharp made $1.280,000 as chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, and Brian McGill was paid $746,000 as chancellor of the Texas State University System. Robert Duncan was paid $716,000 for running the Texas tech University System.
But being a lowly college president doesn't mean you're standing on the streetcorner holding a cardboard sign.
University of Texas President Greg Fenves made $761,000, Our Lady of the Lake President Tessa Martinez Pollaco made $332,000, the president of Schreiner University in Kerrville was paid $288,000, and Danny Anderson, President of San Antonio's Trinity University, made $437,000.
Even being asked to leave your post doesn't hurt your income if you are a college president. UTSA President Ricardo Romo was paid $615,000 in 2016, the year before he resigned during a sexual harassment scandal, and Lou Agnese, who was fired amid controversy over the language he used to refer to ethnic groups was paid $1,065,000.