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Survey: UW's top administrators rank in middle of "top earners" in higher education

University of Wisconsin System
University of Wisconsin System

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It’s been said for years that University of Wisconsin faculty members are underpaid.

The same goes for the UW’s top administrators, according to a new survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

David Ward, the acting chancellor at Madison for the past two years, was ranked 91st – about the middle of the pack – in the group’s annual “club of top earners.”

Ward’s total compensation was just under $467,000 in the previous school year. That includes $437,000 in base pay.

UW System President Kevin Reilly was 106th on the list with a total of pay of $443,000. Milwaukee chancellor Mike Lovell was 156th with a total of $353,000.

The highest paid among the public college presidents around the country was Penn State’s Graham Spanier. He left with $2.9 million last year, mostly in severance and deferred compensation, after being fired in the child sex scandal involving former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky.