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Published: Aug 24, 2015
Shirley Ann Jackson, a physicist and the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in front of the dome of the college's new theater in Troy, N.Y., in a Sept. 10, 2008 photo.
James Estrin—The New York Times/Redux Pictures

Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Total compensation: $7,143,312

Base salary: $945,000

Earnings per student: $1,072.89

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