Hopkins president among top paid in country

Ron Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels

Photo by: Johns Hopkins University

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the president of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore’s largest employer, was the 16th best-paid executive at a private college in the U.S.

The education magazine, in its annual survey of Executive Compensation at Private Colleges, said Daniels was paid $1,271,043 in 2010, with a base pay of $826,277 and the rest in benefits and deferred compensation.

Daniels took office in March 2009, and among his core objectives has been to improve “town-gown” relations between the institution, with its medical campus in East Baltimore and undergraduate school in North Baltimore, and surrounding communities.

Last week he announced that Hopkins would spend $2 million a year over the next five years to improve the neighborhoods near its Homewood undergraduate campus.

According to the Chronicle’s figures, compiled from IRS forms filed by private colleges, academic compensation and the size or prestige of the institution often have little in common.

The top five highest paid college presidents include those from Birmingham-Southern College, The New School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with compensation packages of up to $3 million.

In the Baltimore area, the president of Stevenson University, Kevin J. Manning, was paid $1,049,598 in 2010.

In contrast, the compensation package for the president of Harvard University was $875,331 and the president of Princeton $902,205.

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  • cwals99

    We have to remember that Johns Hopkins is not a private university.  It quite literally built itself on trillions in taxpayer money.  That is of course why Barbara Mikulski has a super nova named for her……an explosive amount of taxpayer money given to a ‘private’ university!  Therefor the public actually owns this university.

    The second distinction I’ve made before and that is that Johns Hopkins is no longer a university, it is a corporation as it moves to the same corporate business structure adopted by MIT and Stanford where professors are paid millions as corporate research R and D employees and research is patented to bring revenue back to these same schools….research funded by taxpayer grants from NIH et al.

    So, this Hopkins President is at the cusp of a new designation……not university President.  The American people are witnessing a movement of all that is public to the top 1% just as happened in Russia during Perestroika where a few connected families received all of Russia’s public assets. So here in American we are seeing the few families attached to these elite schools doing the same thing, only a bit more convoluted.  It is harder to take a first world country to third world status, but these 1% are trying their best.

    The citizens of America are demanding that the laws and policy around private non-profits be updated to address the new face of these entities.  They are not your local group made up of neighborhood members volunteering time to advance a cause……they are the 1% who now use the non-profit designation to control all public sector processes…..i.e. the name quasi-governmental. 

    I say to the new Hopkins President……we want our trillions of dollars back, so Hopkins may not be able to afford such largesse!!!

  • Ken Armstrong

    Don’t focus on Daniels. Look at how Manning is bilking parents at Stevenson out of a million a year. Staff get treated horribly, tuition hs skyrocketed and he added a football team just so he could say he added a football team. He’s out of control, but anyone who calls him on it suspicously disappears from the payroll.

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