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Roth Rakes Some In

Speaking of President Roth, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual salary report is out.  The report lists the compensation in 2008 of university presidents throughout the country.  The New York Times points out that thirty presidents of private colleges were paid over a million dollars.  It goes on, (down from 82%) “78 percent of presidents of private colleges, however, had total compensation packages of less than $600,000 in 2008.”

The President of Wesleyan Wellesley came in 19th among the “Baccalaureate colleges – Arts & Sciences.”  Michael Roth came in 28th with $535,344 as his 2008-9 total compensation package.  You can view more information about his compensation here.  The site considerately puts the institution revenues ($197,167,000 for Wes) and expenditures ($225,619,000 for Wes) down also for comparative purposes.

In case anyone cares, here’s an abbreviated chart of Wesleyan and some of our “peer institutions.”  The highest college in the category, Franklin & Marshall, pays its president about $326,000 more and Vassar, who we seem to rank near often, pays its president about $73,000 less.

Personally, I love President Roth.  We should keep paying him.  A bit of transparency doesn’t hurt though.

Does Michael Roth want to be your BFF?

The Washington Post has just published an article on how college presidents will try “nearly everything to bond with undergraduates.”  They even have pictures.

They mention everything from Facebook to pie-eating contests to canceling class because a snowball fight victory.  But don’t worry, Wes has a mention in there too:

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth played piano at an open-mic night.

But hey, he does his part to reach out to us too.  Roth has a blog, and then there’s ‘THE_REAL_MROTH” on Twitter (haha).  You can spot him walking around campus (which according to the article, seems to take an effort for college presidents).  And everyone knows he’s around to help with boxes on move-in day.  But, wait–hold your sarcasm–you can’t help but to love the college president who dances at a tent party.  This guy does everything.  Just wait till the Washington Post sees that video.

You can read some amusing stories in the comments of this post from notorious Wesleyan-haters, Gawker.