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K-State extends contract, increases pay for athletic director John Currie

Kansas State athletic director John Currie and the university agreed to a one-year extension of his contract and a boost in his salary, the school said Friday.
Kansas State athletic director John Currie and the university agreed to a one-year extension of his contract and a boost in his salary, the school said Friday. The Kansas City Star

Kansas State and athletic director John Currie have agreed to a restructured contract that will boost his salary to $775,000 per year and run through 2019-2020, the school announced Friday.

The agreement adds one year to Currie’s current contract and raises his annual pay by $200,000, while removing all performance-related bonuses. The previous agreement allowed Currie to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in performance-related incentives, with a maximum set at $316,250.

If Currie serves the remainder of his new contract, K-State will owe him a $225,000 lump-sum payment. K-State also increased his buyout from $950,000 to $1.55 million.

“John Currie has built a model program that reflects the values of the K-State family,” K-State President Kirk Schulz said in a release. “The restructuring allows him to focus on maintaining the high performance standards the athletic department has established under his leadership. The relationship between intercollegiate athletics and the university community plays an important role in our goal to become a top 50 public research university.”

K-State hired Currie in May 2009. Since then, the Wildcats have won Big 12 championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball. They have also added $190 million worth of upgraded and new facilities, including the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and a basketball training facility. K-State is currently constructing a new football complex on the north end of its football stadium, which will open in time for the home opener in September.

“Our family is thankful and fortunate to call Manhattan home, and we are grateful for the opportunity to belong to the K-State family,” Currie said in the release. “Thanks to the leadership of President Schulz and his K-State 2025 vision, our dedicated coaches, staff, loyal fans and donors, and, most importantly, more than 425 student-athletes, we continue to make terrific progress toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. We will continue to build upon those successes, both on the field and in the classroom.”

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