Penn President Amy Gutmann Is 4th Highest-Paid in Nation

Gutmann, head of Penn since 2004, made more than all but three presidents of private colleges and universities in the country.


Amy Gutmann and Jim Gardner at Thinkfest.

Penn President Amy Gutmann is the fourth highest-paid president of a private United States university, according to an analysis released by The Chronicle of Higher Education today. Gutmann made $2,473,952 in total compensation last year, including $1,123,376 in base pay.

She was the highest paid president in the group of colleges that the Chronicle considered Penn’s peers, making $794,885 more than the second-highest paid president in that group (Susan Hockfield of MIT). Only the presidents of RPI (Shirley Ann Jackson), Quinnipiac (John Lahey) and Columbia (Lee Bollinger) were paid more than Gutmann.

Gutmann has been at Penn since 2004, when she replaced Judith Rodin. She previously taught at Princeton from 1976 to 2004; she was provost at the New Jersey school before coming to Penn. In her time at Penn she’s spearheaded numerous fundraising campaign, including a drive that raised raised $4.3 billion, $800 million more than the goal.

Thirty-six presidents of private colleges made more than $1 million this year. Gutmann made close to $100,000 more than Penn’s second-highest paid employee, Health System CEO Ralph Muller.

Amy Gutmann spoke at ThinkFest last month.

[The Chronicle of Higher Education]