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Average Salary Of D-I ADs About $450,000, Rivaling School Presidents' Pay

The average salary for D-I college athletic directors is about $450,000, “rivaling the pay of many university presidents,” according to a front-page piece by Upton & Berkowitz of USA TODAY. At least six ADs “make more than $1 million, and since August 2010, at least 10 public schools have given their ADs pay raises of $75,000 or more.” The job has gone “from coach emeritus to one that has attracted at least one former multinational CEO” -- current Univ. of Michigan AD and former Domino’s Pizza Chair & CEO Dave Brandon. Bringing in former CEOs to run athletic departments “is likely to increase, especially as cash strapped schools are increasingly insisting that athletics run without subsidies and student fees” (USA TODAY, 10/6).

TOP 15 HIGHEST-PAID COLLEGE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
RK SCHOOL AD UNIV. PAY OTHER TOTAL MAX BONUS
1
Vanderbilt David Williams*
$2,560,505
$0
$2,560,505
$0
2
Florida Jermy Foley
$1,545,250
$0
$1,545,250
$50,000
3
Louisville Tom Jurich
$1,422,204
$5,500
$1,427,704
$344,000
4
Texas DeLoss Dodds**
$1,093,391
$2,365
$1,095,756
$125,000
5
Ohio State Gene Smith
$1,074,546
$0
$1,074,546
$250,000
6
Wisconsin Barry Alvarez
$1,000,000
$40,800
$1,040,800
$0
7
Oklahoma Joe Castiglione
$975,000
$0
$975,000
$510,000
8
Notre Dame Jack Swarbrick
$932,232
$0
$932,232
$0
9
Duke Kevin White
$908,659
$0
$908,659
$0
10
Tennessee Dave Hart
$750,000
$0
$750,000
$0
11
LSU Joe Alleva
$725,000
$0
$725,000
$100,000
12
Navy Chet Gladchuk
$712,742
$0
$712,742
$0
13
Michigan Dave Brandon
$700,454
$0
$700,454
$165,000
14
Wake Forest Ron Wellman
$694,950
$0
$694,950
$0
15
Texas A&M Bill Byrne
$690,000
$0
$690,000
$287,500
   

NOTES: * = Williams is Vice Chancellor/University Affairs & Athletics, General Counsel & Secretary of the University and its medical center, as well as a tenured law professor. Vanderbilt eliminated its athletic department in '03. ** = Dodds is AD for men's sports only.
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