KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State rewarded athletic director John Currie with a raise and a one-year contract extension on Friday after one of the most successful stretches in school history.
Not only did the Kansas State capture Big 12 championships in football, men's basketball and baseball within the same year in 2012-13, the school also has embarked on $125 million in facility improvements spearheaded by Currie that have revitalized the athletic department.
"I think we're still focused on the same vision we've had," Currie told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. "We've got great momentum and I'm just extremely excited."
The contract extension would keep Currie at Kansas State through June 30, 2019. His 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, and then increase by $25,000 each remaining year.
Currie is also in line for various retention incentives.
"Our athletics department has achieved unprecedented success the past four years under John's tremendous leadership," Kansas State President Kirk Schulz said in a statement. "John's vision and partnership have been critically important to the entire university family."
Currie, who arrived in May 2009, inherited an athletic department that had fallen into debt and was racked by scandal. But he's not only helped to lift the program into the black, he's also helped Kansas State embark on an ambitious series of construction projects.
The most recent was a $90 million renovation to Bill Snyder Family Stadium that was unveiled this past season. It included the demolition of the old press box and a new facility stretching from end zone to end zone that includes enhanced club seating and other amenities.
Last year, the school unveiled a new basketball training facility adjacent to Bramlage Coliseum. It also opened a new rowing facility and renovated tennis facilities.
Away from the playing field, Currie helped to guide Kansas State through a tense series of conference realignments. He was also played a major part in launching K-StateHD.TV, a premium digital network that airs programming that ranges from football games to Olympic sports.