The LSU Board of Supervisors approved a three-year extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva on Friday.
The Advocate reported last Saturday that the school had proposed a contract extension. Alleva’s new contract runs through June 2019. The committee approved the extension with no discussion.
“There’s a lot of success to be proud of,” board member Blake Chatelain said of the athletic department.
Alleva will not receive a raise. He makes $725,000 per year with incentives that can push his salary to $900,000.
Alleva last received an extension — and a $175,000 raise — in 2011 when he flirted with the open athletic director spot at Tennessee. Alleva’s old contract ran through June 2016.
“I hope my future is to retire from here,” Alleva said afterward. “That’s my goal.”
In the new deal, he can earn a $50,000 bonus if LSU ranks in the top 10 in the NACDA Directors’ Cup rankings and $100,000 for a top-five finish. He can receive another $50,000 bonus if all of LSU’s athletic programs have a graduation rate 5 percent higher than the general student population.
Alleva receives a management incentive of $25,000 for “financial solvency, no major infractions, substantial contributions to university and surrounding community.”
Alleva is in his seventh year as head of LSU’s athletic department, coming to Baton Rouge in 2008 after a stint as AD at Duke. He has overseen improvements to Tiger Stadium’s exterior and the newly expanded south end zone structure, which made its debut last week in a win over Sam Houston State.
“I said, ‘Wow, I can make a difference here,’ ” Alleva said he thought when he first saw the new addition completed.
Work isn’t finished on Tiger Stadium, Alleva said. Restrooms and concession stands still need sprucing up.
LSU is in the process of building new facilities for gymnastics and tennis.
Among Alleva’s major coaching hires have been men’s basketball coaches Trent Johnson and Johnny Jones, women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell-Fargas and softball coach Beth Torina.
Caldwell-Fargas received a three-year contract extension through June 2019. She did not receive a raise; she makes $350,000 a year.
Torina was given a one-year extension through June 2017 and a raise of 4 percent to $135,000 per year.
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