In the week since the Chronicle of Higher Education published its annual survey of university presidents’ pay–a week in which the nation’s economic troubles worsened–several of the highest-paid presidents said that they would give back part of their pay or forgo their raises, reports the New York Times. Pat Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, said he had never heard of such a wave of givebacks. "When you see a cluster like this," he said, "it seems like sort of belated recognition that this presidential pay thing has gotten out of hand. People are getting tuition increases, some faculty are facing layoffs, it just doesn’t look too good for presidents, no matter how capable they are, to be getting so much money." The chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, Mark S. Wrighton, said he would take a 5 percent cut from his base salary on Jan. 1 and another 5 percent reduction on July 1. Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, and her husband made a $100,000 gift to the university to support undergraduate research. In Washington state, where there is talk of deep cuts in financing of higher education, the two highest-paid university presidents announced givebacks last week as well…

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