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Mon., Nov. 17, 2008, 1:32 p.m.

Washington’s university presidents raking it in

And, no, I don't mean leaves.

According to the list, Emmert's compensation for the year ending June 30 was nearly $888,000. That put him second at public universities, behind only his one-time mentor, E. Gordon Gee, of Ohio State University.

Floyd ranked 17th among public-university leaders but was ascending rapidly. "His 2007-8 compensation, $623,000, did not include a $125,000 raise he received in August, which would make him the country's sixth-highest-compensated public-university president," the Chronicle wrote.

The Chronicle story does not include another benefit: if Floyd stays until 2012, he gets a $500,000 retention bonus.

And Emmert's numbers do not include his side jobs, which earn him an additional $340,000 a year.

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