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Harvard Executives’ Compensation Reported

5.16.14


The University this afternoon released its tax return for nonprofit organizations (Form 990) for 2012 (covering the tax year from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013—Harvard’s fiscal year 2013). As is its practice, Harvard has simultaneously disseminated information on the compensation paid to Jane L. Mendillo, president and chief executive officer of Harvard Management Company (HMC, which is responsible for investing the endowment) and its highest-paid portfolio managers. The tax filing discloses compensation for other University officials as well, including President Drew Faust. (As noted in May 2010, the basis for such reporting has changed, so the HMC information just released covers calendar year 2012).

Thus, the newly released HMC compensation figures, reflecting annual incentive pay disbursed once each year, span the second half of fiscal 2012 (a year when the rate of investment return was very slightly negative, -0.05 percent, and the endowment as a whole decreased in value by $1.3 billion, to its reported value of $30.7 billion as of June 30, 2012, after taking into account both distributions to support Harvard operations and new endowment gifts received) and the first half of fiscal 2013 (a year when the rate of investment return was 11.3 percent, and the endowment increased in value by $2.0 billion, to its reported value of $32.7 billion as of June 30, 2013). The earlier articles linked here provide investment returns by asset class for those reporting periods. 

For calendar 2012, HMC reported these total-compensation sums for Mendillo and the five most highly compensated portfolio managers; where the same people were among the most highly compensated HMC personnel in calendar year 2011 (reported last May), that year’s compensation is also shown (in parentheses):

  • Jane L. Mendillo, president and CEO: $4.8 million ($5.3 million)
  • Andrew G. Wiltshire, head of alternative assets: $7.9 million ($6.6 million)
  • Alvaro Aguirre-Simunovic, natural-resources portfolio manager: $6.6 million ($5.3 million)
  • Stephen Blyth, head of public markets: $5.3 million ($6.2 million)
  • Daniel Cummings, real-estate portfolio manager: $4.2 million

Updated 5:00 p.m. Harvard News and Public Affairs subsequently reported that HMC chief operating officer Robert A. Ettl was paid $4.0 million.

HMC’s formula provides a base salary, with the large majority (HMC’s news release says “over 90 percent”) of bonus compensation varying with investment-managers’ performance. Those variable awards depend on producing investment returns in excess of market benchmarks for the specific category of assets, and sustaining that performance over time: subsequent underperformance results in variable compensation being “clawed back.” Thus, the variable awards in any annual period reflect results over multiple years.

Presidential, Administrative, and Decanal Pay

President Drew Faust’s salary for the fiscal year reported in the tax filing was $771,000 (compared to $729,000 in the prior year), plus other compensation of $270,000—principally attributable to the use of the official presidential residence, Elmwood. (Separately, her compensation for service on the board of directors of Staples, Inc., reported in its proxy statement, was the standard cash fee for each board member of $75,000, plus stock awards of $175,000.)

Provost Alan Garber’s salary was $619,000. Other reported salaries, for the executive vice president and various vice presidents, ranged from $600,000 to $276,000. The highest decanal salary reported was Harvard Medical School’s Jeffrey S. Flier, at $582,000.

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