Tuesday, May 26, 2015



K-State AD John Currie gets extension



Kansas State President Kirk Schulz announced Friday that athletic director John Currie has signed a contract extension through the 2019 academic year.

The agreement adds one year to his current contract, securing Currie’s services through June 30, 2019.

Schulz said that Currie’s annual salary will increase by $100,000 to $575,000 for the remainder of the 2013-14 fiscal year through the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Currie’s salary will then increase to $600,000 in 2016-17, $625,000 in 2017-18 and $650,000 in 2018-19, while the extension also includes an enhanced retention incentive structure.

“Our athletics department has achieved unprecedented success the past four years under John’s tremendous leadership,” Schulz said in a release. “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.

“John’s vision and partnership also have been critically important to the entire university family as we continue to work toward becoming a Top-50 public research university by 2025.”

Currie said he’s grateful to call Manhattan home.

“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. “Thanks to the efforts of President Schulz and his K-State 2025 vision, our terrific coaches, staff, loyal fans and donors, and, most importantly, over 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 (Bill) Snyder, as well as the fine student-athletes here at K-State.”

Since Currie’s introduction as AD in May 2009, the athletic department has turned an inherited deficit into one of the NCAA’s most financially solvent programs. Under Currie’s leadership, K-State has finished construction on the $125 million West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Basketball Training Facility, Intercollegiate Rowing Center and Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, and launched K-StateHD.TV.

Academically, all Wildcat programs boast multi-year APR marks of at least .945, with men’s basketball and football sporting most recent year scores of 1.000 and .986, respectively.

The Ahearn Fund’s fiscal year 2013’s record of $36.8 million means that annual cash giving totals have nearly tripled since Currie’s arrival.

K-State donors have stepped up with 13 private gifts in excess of $1 million since fall 2009, while Ahearn Fund participation has eclipsed 9,300 members for the first time in department history.

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