When $3M Isn't Enough in Presidential Compensation

November 24, 2014

The Lion, one of Columbia University's student publications, recently tracked down the university's tax forms, which show that President Lee Bollinger received a $700,000 boost in total compensation, bringing total compensation to just over $3 million for the most recent year available. Some at Columbia, apparently not amused but with a sense of irony, have come up with an attention-getting way to draw attention to Bollinger's lucrative compensation.

They have decided to focus not on the raise, but on the apparent gap between Bollinger and Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago and possibly the president with the top package. An anonymous group called Prezbos Army is crowdsourcing a campaign to raise the $350,000 that could put Bollinger on top. The campaign is called Fair Salary for Prezbo. So far, there has been only one donation, for $5.


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