Brandeis University

Location: Waltham, MA

Category: Religion or Education

Frederick Lawrence


Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private research university with a liberal arts focus, located in Waltham, Mass. It is the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country; according to Hillel, 50% of the 3,588 undergraduate students are Jewish. Brandeis has four graduate schools, including the Brandeis International Business School.

Before being inaugurated as Brandeis University’s eighth president in 2011, Frederick Lawrence served as dean and Robert Kramer research professor of law at George Washington University Law School for five years. Between 1988 and 2005, Lawrence taught at Boston University and was associate dean for academic affairs for three years. Lawrence, who holds a bachelor’s from Williams College and a doctorate of law from Yale Law School, is the author of a book about bias-motivated violence in the United States.


Institution Total Expenses: $380,994,728

Employees: 5,219

Salary: $705,843

Overpaid by: 15%


Institution Total Expenses: $367,866,775

Employees: 5,165

Salary: $332,70512


Institution Total Expenses: $347,376,0936

Salary: $588,8099


Salary: $523,5469


Salary: $405,209

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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