Five private university presidents in Texas banked more than $1 million in 2008, according to a new report by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Making $2,777,653 for the year, John Brazil of Trinity University in San Antonio, who resigned from his post in January, was the second highest-earning president in the country. He was a distant second to the top earner: the late Bernard Lander of Touro College in New York, who made $4,786,830.

The third overall earner, but the highest-earning sitting president, was R. Gerald Turner of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, who raked in $2,774,000.

Further down the list of 30 presidents that surpassed the million dollar mark is John Lilley, the former president of Baylor University in Waco, with $1,445,373 in total compensation.

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Rounding out the bottom of the group are David Leebron of Rice University in Houston and Victor Boschini Jr. of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, who earned $1,017,873 and $1,005,814 respectively.

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