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How much do Alabama's college presidents make?

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -

The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its annual ranking of what public college presidents make.

Survey results released Sunday show four chief executives earned more than $1 million last year.

Topping the list was ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier. He shot to the No. 1 spot when he was forced out in November 2011 over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Spanier received $2.9 million in 2011-12, including $1.2 million in severance pay and $1.2 million in deferred compensation.

The number two name on the list? Auburn's Jay Gogue, who brought home more than $2 million in compensation. Alabama President Judy Bonner made a total of $294,000. 

There was no listing for the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

The median compensation for public college presidents including pay, benefits and bonuses was $441,000.

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee (gee) had the highest base salary: $830,000. That's more than double the median base salary of $374,000.

Copyright 2013, WAFF. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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