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Northeastern president Joseph Aoun received $3.1 million

BOSTON —The president of Northeastern University is the second highest-paid private college president in the country, with a total pay and benefits package of $3.1 million in 2011.

The Chronicle of Higher Education went through federal tax information from 2011 for the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.

It found Northeastern’s compensation package for President Joseph Aoun ranked only behind Robert J. Zimmer at the University of Chicago, who made $3.4 million.

Former Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow ranked fifth on the list with a pay package of $2.2 million in 2011, and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx was 11th with $1.6 million in compensation.

Other institutions that gave their presidents more than $1 million in compensation in 2011 included Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.