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The List: All the Presidents’ Pay and Perks at New Jersey’s Public Colleges

The salaries are nothing to sneeze at, and the benefits -- from performance bonuses and annuity payments to housing and cars -- must make an admittedly tough job a lot easier to take

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This week’s list is part of a special package on salaries and benefits awarded to the presidents of New Jersey’s public colleges. Follow this link to the main story.

No other public officials in New Jersey receive the levels of compensation that many college presidents enjoy -- not even Gov. Chris Christie or state Supreme Court justices. Ranked by salary, here is the list of what the presidents get at New Jersey’s 30 public universities and colleges. This rundown includes links to each executive’s contract, obtained by NJ Spotlight under the Open Public Records Act:

1. Robert Barchi, Rutgers University – $676,260 annual salary plus performance bonuses, housing, car, and one-year paid sabbatical leave. View contract.

2. Joel Bloom, New Jersey Institute of Technology – $555,000 salary plus performance bonuses, retention incentive payments, housing allowance, car, and a two-year paid post-presidential position as president emeritus. View contract.

3. Ali Houshmand, Rowan University – $550,000 salary plus performance bonuses, car allowance, and housing. View contract.

4. Susan Cole, Montclair State University – $403,650 salary plus performance bonuses, housing, car and one-year paid sabbatical as president emeritus. View contract.

5. R. Barbara Gitenstein, The College of New Jersey – $355,341 salary plus performance bonuses, retention incentive payments, deferred compensation, housing, lifetime health insurance for Gitenstein and her family’ and a college car she gets to keep when she leaves TCNJ. View contract.

6. Peter Mercer, Ramapo College – $337,370 salary plus performance bonuses, deferred compensation, car and housing with additional living allowance. View contract.

7. George Pruitt, Thomas Edison State University – $337,000 salary plus performance bonuses, deferred compensation, housing allowance, car, and a one-year paid post-presidential sabbatical, followed by a five-year paid fellowship. View contract.

8. Kathleen Waldron, William Paterson University – $324,000 salary plus performance bonuses, deferred compensation, choice of housing or allowance, choice of car or allowance, and one-year paid sabbatical. View contract.

9. Harvey Kesselman, Stockton University – $320,000 salary plus performance bonuses, deferred compensation, housing allowance, and car. View contract.

10. Dawood Farahi, Kean University – $302,550 salary plus performance bonuses, $36,000 annual entertainment allowance, housing, choice of car or allowance and one-year paid sabbatical. View contract.

11. Sue Henderson, New Jersey City University – $295,000 salary plus performance bonuses, housing allowance, car, and one-year paid sabbatical. View contract.

12. Steven Rose, Passaic County Community College – $256,016 salary plus annual contribution to Rose’s annuity (10 percent of salary) and a car. View contract.

13. Gale E. Gibson, Essex County College – $255,000 salary plus performance bonuses, deferred compensation, housing and a car. Gibson was dismissed as president by the college’s Board of Trustees in April. View contract.

14. Jon Larson, Ocean County College – $240,000 salary plus deferred compensation, annuity contributions, and a car. View contract.

15. Margaret McMenamin, Union County College – $231,100 salary plus performance bonuses, annuity contributions, housing allowance, and a car. View contract.

16. Glen Gabert, Hudson County Community College – $224,536 salary plus performance bonuses, annuity contributions, and a car. View contract.

17. Kaye Walter, Bergen Community College – $224,000 salary plus performance bonuses, housing allowance, and a car. View contract.

18. Edward Yaw, Morris County College – $220,685 salary plus annuity contributions and a car. View contract.

19. Michael McDonough, Raritan Valley Community College – $220,000 salary plus annuity contributions, housing allowance, and car allowance. View contract.

20. Joann La Perla-Morales, Middlesex County College – $202,684 salary plus annuity contributions, and housing. View contract.

21. Maureen Murphy, Brookdale Community College – $200,000 salary and annuity contributions. View contract.

22. Paul Drayton, Rowan College at Burlington County – $198,826 salary. View contract.

23. Raymond Yannuzzi, Camden County College – $195,732 salary and annuity contributions. View contract.

24. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape Community College – $190,562 salary and annuity contributions. View contract.

25. Jianping Wang, Mercer County Community College – $182,000 plus performance bonuses, housing allowance and car allowance. View contract.

26. William Austin, Warren County Community College – $177,275 salary plus performance bonuses and housing allowance. View contract.

27. Frederick Keating, Rowan College at Gloucester County – $175,000 salary plus performance bonuses, annuity contributions and a car. View contract.

28. Michael Gorman, Salem Community College – $170,000 salary. View contract.

29. Jon Connolly, Sussex County Community College – $160,000 salary plus performance bonuses and a car. View contract.

30. Shelly Schneider, Cumberland County College – $110,400 salary. As the college’s interim president, Schneider’s contract restricts her from becoming the chief executive on a permanent basis. View contract.

Source: Employment contracts plus updated salary information obtained from the individual public universities and colleges under the state Open Public Records Act

Mark Lagerkvist is a veteran investigative reporter who has worked for CNBC, News 12, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey Watchdog, and other newspaper, television and online news outlets. His work has won more than 60 journalism awards, including honors from National Press Club, Scripps Howard Foundation, and Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). He can be reached at Mark@Lagerkvist.net.

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