Spanier Was Highest Paid College President After He Was Fired

05.13.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The embattled former President at Penn State University was the highest paid public college official at the time he was forced from power over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  The chronicle of higher education's annual ranking of public college presidents' pay shows Graham Spanier's 2.9 million dollar payout put him well ahead of his peers when he left Penn State in november of 2011.  That income included nearly one-and-a-half million dollars in severance pay. Spanier, who led the college for 16 years, is awaiting trial on criminal charges of perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to  report child abuse and conspiracy.