MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz announced today that Athletics Director John Currie has signed a contract extension through the 2018 academic year, a move that recognizes the success of the department under Currie’s leadership while providing continuity as K-State surges forward toward its vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program.
The agreement adds two years to his current contract, securing Currie’s services through June 30, 2018. Schulz said that Currie’s annual salary will be $450,000 for 2012-13 and will increase by $25,000 for each remaining year on the contract. The extension also includes an enhanced retention incentive structure.
“John has provided tremendous leadership for our athletics department and entire university family since his arrival in 2009,” Schulz said. “Over the last three years, our student-athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom and on the playing field, the department has seen record fundraising and a dramatic increase in members of the Ahearn Fund and over $100 million in facility improvements benefiting all of our 16 sports are underway. Great days are ahead for K-State as a member of the Big 12 Conference, and John’s continued leadership and vision will enhance our position as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics.”
“Mary Lawrence, our children and I are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the K-State family and live in the great college community of Manhattan,” Currie said. “Thanks to the efforts of President Schulz and his K-State 2025 vision, our terrific coaches, support staff, loyal fans and donors, and, most importantly, over 400 dedicated student-athletes, we have made tremendous progress toward our vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program and enjoyed across-the-board success over the past three years. And now, with the support of the K-State Nation, we have to continue to take strides forward to maintain and build upon our competitive future as a national leader in college athletics.”