Curtis questioned why one person should receive so much of the credit for an institution's progress, calling the escalating pay packages an "arms race" and "prestige competition."
"Traditionally, it's a shared process," he said. "The president is not doing everything on his or her own."
2009 compensation for private college presidents in Maryland:
William R. Brody at Johns Hopkins University: $3.82 million
Kevin J. Manning at Stevenson University: $1.49 million
Ronald J. Daniels at the Johns Hopkins University: $916,634
Sanford J. Ungar at Goucher College: $599,764
Christopher B. Nelson at St. John's College: $523,385
Joan Develin Coley at McDaniel College: $513,820
Ronald J. Volpe at Hood College: $495,852
Thomas H. Powell at Mount St. Mary's University: $441,090
Michael P. Peters at St. John's College: $340,726
Lynn Baird Tipson at Washington College: $331,287
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education