Northwestern President Morton Schapiro ranks 17th on a list of the top-paid university presidents in the nation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education compiled the list from federal tax returns filed by the schools.

Schapiro, who earned more than $1.25 million, was topped in the local area only by University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, who made nearly $1.6 million.

Income figures for other Chicago-area college presidents include:

  • Dennis Holtschneider of DePaul University, $816,608.
  • Michael Viollt of Robert Morris University, $808,576.
  • John Anderson of Illinois Institute of Technology, $672,245.
  • Warrick Carter of Columbia College Chicago, $629,449.
  • Charles Middleton of Roosevelt University, $602,503

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. With the high cost of tuition, this is crazy!

    As students across the country are buried in a mountain of college loan debt, these college presidents – and their board of directors! – should be embarrassed.  But, of course, they are not since they are most likely all in the top 1% and think this sort of compensation is perfectly reasonable.  It is not reasonable; it is obscene.  Alumni and students alike should be outraged and should be protesting!

  2. Shapiro is a valuable asset

    Shapiro is a valuable asset for NU. He relates to the community; he relates to students; he teaches; probably he's a good fund raiser.  He has a genial public personna.  What a change from the past.  I imagine the U of C guy earns his way.  The Columbia College person has been controversial for a long time, and I think he's retiring this year, never too soon.

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