Georgetown University ranks as the highest paying Catholic college in the country, with average full professors taking in more than $170,000 in 2012-13, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. It is one of seven Catholic colleges ranking in the top 50 institutions with the highest faculty salaries.
Georgetown is ranked 15th among all American colleges listed in the annual report from the American Association of University Professors. Columbia University in New York tops the list as the best paying college in the country, with professors taking in an average of $212,300 a year. But Georgetown pays more than Vanderbilt University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, Cornell University and other wealthy institutions.
The survey seems to confirm an open letter by former Georgetown professor Patrick Deneen, who resigned citing the University’s priority of prestige over its Catholic identity.
The Cardinal Newman Society reported that Deneen said the University, “increasingly and inevitably remakes itself in the image of its secular peers, ones that have no internal standard of what a university is for other than the aspiration of prestige for the sake of prestige, its ranking rather than its commitment to Truth.”
Not far behind is Boston College (ranked 27th), with average salaries of $159,200; the University of Notre Dame (33rd, $153,000); St. John’s University in New York (36th, $150,800); Fordham University (38th, $149,800); the University of San Francisco (48th, $143,300); and Santa Clara University (49th, $143,300).
Each of these universities is affiliated with a religious order—the Jesuits, the Vincentians and the Holy Cross priests—with a particular commitment to helping the needy.
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