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Which Historians Have Made Bank in the United States?

Historians/History
tags: inequality, university presidents, income



Alexandra M. Webster, an HNN intern, is a Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant at Villanova University.

An old joke goes, “Become a historian. Get rich.” But for some historians it’s no joke. They truly have become rich. The secret of their success? Becoming an administrator.


We discovered 32 historians who serve as college or university presidents. Below, you can learn more about these historians: who and where they are, what areas they specialize in, and other interesting facts. We also dug up their salaries.1 How much do they make compared to historians in the classroom? Read on to find out.


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#1Esther Barrazone

·       President, Chatham University

·       Total Compensation: $1,812,132

·       PhD, Columbia

·       Specialization: European Intellectual History

(full bio)


#2 - John Sexton

·       President, New York University

·       Total Compensation: $1,473,754

·       PhD, Fordham University

·       Specialization: American Religion

·       Also earned a JD from Harvard

·       Author of numerous books, including Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game

(full bio)


#3 - Nathan Hatch

·       President, Wake Forest University

·       Total Compensation: $1,300,334

·       PhD, Washington University (St. Louis)

·       Specialization: American Religion

·       Author of The Democratization of American Christianity 

(full bio)


#4 - Drew Gilpin Faust

·       President, Harvard University

·       Total Compensation: $899,734

·       PhD, University of Pennsylvania

·       Specializations: American Civil War and American South

·       Author of numerous books, including Mothers of Invention: Women in the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

(full bio)


#5 - Edward Ayers

·       President, University of Richmond

·       Total Compensation: $863,289

·       PhD, Yale

·       Specialization: The American South

·       A proponent of digital history whose work earned him a National Humanities Medal in 2012.

·       Author of numerous books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 

(full CV)


#6 - Mordechai Rozanski

·       President, Rider University

·       Total Compensation: $728,590

·       PhD, University of Pennsylvania

·       Specializations: China and Chinese-American Relations

 (full bio)


#7 - Charles Middleton

·       President, Roosevelt University

·       Total Compensation: $725,311

·       PhD, Duke

·       Specializations: 18th-19th Century Britain

·       Author of The Administration of British Foreign Policy, 1782-1846

(full bio)


#8 - Michael Roth

·       President, Wesleyan University

·       Total Compensation: $660,018

·       PhD, Princeton

·       Specializations: History of Psychology & Psychological Theory

·       Author of numerous works, including The Ironist’s Cage: Trauma, Memory, and the Construction of History

(full bio)


#9 -   Jonathan Veitch

·       President, Occidental College

·       Total Compensation: $637,679

·       PhD, Harvard

·       Specialization: American Culture

·       Author of American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s 

(full bio)


#10 -   Leon Botstein

·       President, Bard College

·       Total Compensation: $635,543

·       PhD, Harvard

·       Specializations: Music and Cultural History

·       Also a conductor

·       Author of numerous works, including Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture

(full bio)


11

·       John McCardell, Jr.

·       Vice-Chancellor, Sewanee: The University of the South

·       Total Compensation: $580,782

·       PhD, Harvard

·       Specializations: 19th Century America and the American South

·       Author of The Idea of a Southern Nation

(full bio)

 

 

12

·       Brian Casey

·       President, DePauw University

·       Total Compensation: $541,924

·       PhD, Harvard

·       Specializations: American Intellectual History and the History of Higher Education

·       Also earned a JD from Stanford

(full bio)

 

 

13

·       Peyton Helm

·       President, Muhlenberg College

·       Total Compensation: $534,110

·       PhD, University of Pennsylvania

·       Specializations: Ancient Greece and the Near East

(full bio)

 

 

14

·       Ricardo Romo

·       President, University of Texas at San Antonio

·       Total Compensation: $442,607

·       PhD, The University of California, Los Angeles

·       Specialization: Urban History

·       Author of East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio

(full bio)

 

 

15

·       Rebecca Sherrick

·       President, Aurora University

·       Total Compensation: $436,744

·       PhD, Northwestern

·       Specializations: United States and Latin America

(full bio)

 

 

16

·       Charles Edmondson

·       President, Alfred University

·       Total Compensation: $426,904

·       PhD, Florida State

·       Specialization: Soviet History

(full bio)

 

 

17

·       John D. Haeger

·       President, Northern Arizona University

·       Total Compensation: $426,464

·       PhD, Loyola University (Chicago)

·       Specialization: Economic History

·       Founding Editor, Michigan Historical Review

·       Author of The Investment Frontier: New York Businessmen and the American West

(full bio)

 

 

18

·       William Fox

·       President, St. Lawrence University

·       Total Compensation: $394,782

·       PhD, George Washington University

·       Specialization: Religion in America

·       Author of numerous books, including Valley of the Craftsmen

(full bio)

 

 

19

·       Chris Kimball

·       President & Chief Executive Officer, California Lutheran University

·       Total Compensation: $380,256

·       PhD, University of Chicago

·       Specializations: United States, Urban, Sports

(full bio)

 

 

20

·       Jeffrey Paul von Arx

·       President, Fairfield University

·       Total Compensation: $376,279

·       PhD, Yale

·       Specialization: 19th Century Britain

·       An ordained priest with a M.Div.

·       Author of numerous works, including Progress & Pessimism: Religion, Politics, and History in Late 19th Century Britain

(full bio)

 

 

21

·       Denvy Bowman

·       President, Capital University

·       Total Compensation: $369,690

·       PhD, UNC Chapel Hill

·       Specialization: Ancient History

(full bio)

22

·       Thomas Hellie

·       President, Linfield College

·       Total Compensation: $357,719

·       PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia

·       Specialization: Theatre History

(full bio)

 

 

23

·       Francesco Cesareo

·       President, Assumption College

·       Total Compensation: $357,450

·       PhD, Fordham University

·       Specializations: Late Medieval-Early Modern Europe, Renaissance, Reformation

·       Author of numerous works, including A Shepherd in Their Midst: The Episcopacy of Girolamo Seripando: 1554-1563

(full bio)

 

 

24

·       Donald Bain

·       President, St. John Fisher College

·       Total Compensation: $350,175

·       PhD, SUNY Buffalo

·       Specialization: 20th Century American National Security

·       A Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy

(full bio)

 

 

25

·       Robert Ivany

·       President, University of St. Thomas (Texas)

·       Total Compensation: $323,116

·       PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

·       Former Major General in the Army

(full bio)

 

 

26

·       Patrick Ferry

·       President, Concordia University (Wisconsin)

·       Total Compensation: $308,254

·       PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder

·       Specialization: European History

·       Also earned a M.Div.

(full bio)

 

 

27

·       Frederik Ohles

·       President, Nebraska Wesleyan University

·       Total Compensation: $298,022

·       PhD, Brandeis

·       Specializations: Comparative History, Europe, Australia, the History of American Education

(full bio)

 

 

28

·       Dianne Lynch

·       President, Stephens College

·       Total Compensation: $287,018

·       PhD, McGill University

·       Specialization: Art History

(full bio)

 

 

29

·       Mark Schantz

·       Provost, Birmingham Southern College

·       Total Compensation: $214,601

·       PhD, Emory

·       Specializations: American History, American Civil War

·       Author of numerous works, including Piety in Providence: Class Dimensions of Religious Experience in Antebellum Rhode Island

(full bio)

 

 

30

·       Carol Quillen

·       President, Davidson College

·       Total Compensation: $159,177

·       PhD, Princeton

·       Specialization: European History

·       Author of numerous works, including Rereading the Renaissance: Petrarch, Augustine, & the Language of Humanism

(full bio)

 

 

31

·       Carl Strikwerda

·       President, Elizabethtown College

·       Total Compensation: $156,334

·       PhD, University of Michigan

·       Specialization: European History

·       Co-authored numerous works, including The Politics of Immigrant Workers: Labor Activism and Migration in the World Economy Since 1830

(full bio)

 

 

32

·       Rev. Michael Graham

·       President, Xavier University (Ohio)

·       Total Compensation: $0

·       PhD, University of Michigan

·       Specialization: American History

·       An ordained priest who earned a M.Div.

(full bio)


1 All salary data were acquired from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s most recent surveys on executive pay. Private institution data are from FY 2011 and public institution data from FY 2012. These figures do not include income generated from book sales, speaking engagements, etc. Biographical information was sourced from each executive’s institutional website.


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