The president of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey earned more than $1 million in five years as head of the school, according to public records provided by the Navy.
Former President Dan Oliver was paid an average of $222,322 a year throughout his tenure.
Oliver and Provost Leonard Ferrari were removed from their positions after a damaging report from the Naval Inspector General in November.
Among allegations of mismanagement and failure to adhere to Navy rules, Oliver was accused of attempting to get around the salary cap of $162,900 for civilian employees when hiring a finance-administrative vice president.
Oliver, a civilian, was subject to different pay rules, as authorized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, said NPS spokesman Alan Richmond.
He said Oliver's civilian pay was based on a median salary of CEOs of a single institution. The total provided by the Navy included base salary, locality and incentive pay, Richmond said.
Ferrari, who earned an average of $196,830 during five years, actually had a base pay of $155,172, putting his salary under the cap, Richmond said.
Efforts to reach the U.S. Department of Defense's Finance and Accounting Service, which sent the documents to The Herald, were unsuccessful.
Phone calls to the Cleveland, Ohio, office went to a voicemail system that was full, according to a recording.
The documents show what appears to be a drop in Oliver's pay of 11 percent in 2011 and a 32 percent increase the next year.
Oliver earned $265,000 in his last year as president. That is about $32,000 less than the average pay for California state college presidents at the time, according to a report from the California State University Office of the Chancellor.
The exception was San Diego State University, whose president earns $350,000 a year because it is considered a "high enrollment/high research" school, the report said.
The report said a president's pay is a result of many factors, including the individual's compensation history, cost of housing and the scope, size and complexity of programs.
NPS has a lower enrollment than 22 of the 23 state universities — an average of 2,859 students — but would classify as a high research facility under the CSU system because of the roughly $180 million it spends on research.
CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said more research means more management work for presidents, but he did not have data on whether that means more pay.
He said the factors that make up a president's salary can make comparison difficult.
Uhlenkamp said the challenge is to find a way to pay presidents based on all factors but still stay "in a relative ballpark with each other."
The Herald made the request for Ferrari and Oliver's salaries more than two months ago. Navy FOIA officer Thomas Fasham wrote in his response the delay was caused "by the need to consult another agency directorate."
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The salaries of the Naval Postgraduate School's top two officials during their five years of employment:
|President Dan Oliver||Provost Leonard Ferrari|
|Source: U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Finance and Accounting Service|