SUNY released data showing at least 10 other public universities pay their top administrator hundreds of thousands of dollars a year more.
Zimpher will replace John O'Connor, the vice chancellor and secretary, who was named interim chancellor in December. He replaced interim John Clark, who stepped in when John Ryan, a former U.S. Navy admiral and superintendent of the Naval Academy, resigned in May 2007 after two years on the job. Before that, SUNY was headed for five years by Robert King.
There was no immediate comment on Zimpher by the union representing SUNY workers or from other state officials.