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University Presidents' Compensation Below National Average

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BOZEMAN - A new report shows the compensation for University Presidents in our state remains similar to other schools in the region, but is well below the national average.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the average compensation for leaders of public universities across the United States is about $441,392. 

The numbers released reviewed the pay and compensation for 212 chief executives and 191 public universities.

The state of Montana ranked low nationally, but remains competitive regionally.

"There's a trade off for what we believe is a very desirable quality of life in Montana. The trade off is understanding that your compensation's not going to approach the national average or regional average," said Kevin McRae, Associate Commissioner of Communications with the Office of Higher Education.

University of Montana President, Royce Engstrom total compensation is about $360,505. Montana State University President, Waded Cruzado earnings is about $335,173 in compensation.

McRae said because Engstrom is older than Cruzado, the life insurance policy is more.

"The report shows that President Engstorm gets higher compensation , but he does not. The benefit is identical to President Cruzado, but because it's funded through term life insurance, the premium the identical is most expensive for him," said McRae.

Both Presidents salaries are the same, $289,466 per year.

McRae said we are fortunate enough to find university leaders that are attracted by the opportunities Montana has to offer.

"In the state of Montana, the nature of our economy  and the nature of our jobs, we don't expect to be at the national average," said McRae.

The average income for a worker in Montana is $39,580.

President Cruzado began her President term in January 2010 and President Engstrom began his term in October 2010.

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