The president of Long Island University collected a compensation package that put her near the head of the class — and shocked professors.
Kimberly Cline, who heads the university with campuses in Brooklyn and Long Island, pulled down $1,861,026 in 2018, making her the 16th highest-paid president of a private university in the country, according to a ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Cline made more than the heads of Ivy League Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale and top-ranked Stanford University.
She heads a university that enrolled 15,540 students in 2020, a 16 percent decline from the 18,622 enrolled in 2015, state records show.
“I don’t think LIU ranks anywhere near the top 20 for most recognized, most research productivity, highest graduation rates, best value for graduate placements or salaries, or any other measure,” said Rebecca States, a physical therapy professor and president of the Faculty Senate on the Brooklyn campus.
States noted that the average professor’s salary was about $100,000.
“The board of trustees should be ashamed of itself for paying the president of LIU more than the president of Yale,” another professor said.
The university cut about 100 positions during the pandemic including secretaries, clerks and academic counselors, according to a Newsday report.
Christopher Fevola, the university’s chief financial officer, said many jobs had been restored, but he would not provide specifics.
Fevola said Cline’s 2018 compensation was an “outlier” because she received a $886,619 payout from her retirement plan on top of her base pay of $853,897.
“It isn’t the true characterization of what the president’s annual salary is,” he said.
Cline also gets housing on the grounds of the Brookville campus, a benefit valued at $79,269, the university’s tax filing shows.
Cline, 62, who became LIU president in 2013, also owns a home in East Hampton and an apartment on Park Avenue, public records show.