Gallagher’s pay ranks 57th among public university leaders

The Chronicle of Higher Education is out with its latest data on executive compensation packages for 242 public universities and systems, and Pitt’s Chancellor Patrick Gallagher comes in at 57th, with total compensation of $732,184.

The figures, which are from 2020 data, show Gallagher with a base pay of $675,466, plus nontaxable benefits such as medical and life insurance.

Last year, Gallagher was sixth highest on the list because of a deferred payment in July 2019 of $100,000 for each year he had served at Pitt, totaling $500,000.

Like most other University employees, Gallagher received no pay raise last year because of financial constraints caused by the pandemic. The chancellor donated 20 percent of his 2020-21 salary toward the general scholarship fund, which provides tuition assistance to Pitt students. Members of his senior leadership team also donated a portion of their salaries.

The list is led by the University of Kentucky’s Eli Capilouto, with total compensation of $1.77 million, but more than $900,000 of that is a one-time deferred payment.

The highest base pay — $1 million — was earned by Michael Young of Texas A&M at College Station. Young also came in second overall with total compensation of $1.63 million. The University of Florida’s W. Kent Fuchs came in at third in both categories with a base pay of $957,993 and total compensation of $1.58 million.

Penn State’s Eric Barron, who has announced he is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, was paid $1.15 million last year, with a base pay of $844,179.

Richard Englert, who retired earlier this year at Temple University president, earned a total of $812,674 last year. Pitt, Penn State and Temple are all state-related universities.

Women make up about 20 percent of the list, with five in the top 50 highest-paid.

— Susan Jones


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