Kansas State University

K-State AD Currie gets contract extension

Kansas State athletic director John Currie agreed to a contract extension Friday that will increase his salary and secure his services with the Wildcats until 2019.

The agreement adds one year to his current contract and raises his salary by $100,000 to $575,000. Starting in 2016, his salary will increase $25,000 per year until his contract expires. If he remains at K-State on June 30, 2019 he will receive a bonus of $500,000.

The extension comes months after K-State completed more than $125 million worth of facility upgrades, including the West Stadium Center at Snyder Family Stadium and the basketball training facility adjacent to Bramlage Coliseum. It also comes on the heels of an academic year that feature across-the-board success on the field. K-State won or shared Big 12 championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball last season.

This season, the football team is headed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl following a 7-5 regular season.

"Our athletics department has achieved unprecedented success the past four years under John's tremendous leadership," K-State president Kirk Schulz said in a statement released by the school. "With continued excellence in the classroom, record fundraising, dramatic facility improvements benefiting all of our student-athletes and three conference championships last year, K-State is truly recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics.”

Currie, who came to K-State in May 2009, is excited about the new deal.

"Mary Lawrence, our children and I are grateful and fortunate to call K-State and Manhattan home and are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the K-State family," Currie said in a statement. “Thanks to the efforts of President Schulz and his K-State 2025 vision, our terrific coaches, staff, loyal fans and donors, and, most importantly, more than 430 dedicated student-athletes, we continue to make great strides toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.

“It is truly an honor to serve such a transformational group of head coaches led by Coach Snyder as well as the fine student-athletes here at K-State. We have seen across-the-board success over the past four and a half years with championship performances, both athletically and academically, and with the continued support of K-State Nation we will continue to maintain and build upon our competitive future as a national leader in college athletics.”