Kentucky gives AD Mitch Barnhart raise, additional contract incentives
Mitch Barnhart has served as athletic director in Lexington for 16 years and Kentucky hopes that’s just the beginning for the SEC’s longest-tenured head administrator.
Kentucky recently handed Barnhart a raise of $195,000 a year, bringing his total annual compensation to $925,000 in Lexington. His new deal includes potential incentives for athletic and academic marks the program reaches under his watch. In total, if all incentives are reached, Barnhart could make $1.175 million by 2023.
With this raise, Barnhart is now the SEC’s sixth-highest paid athletic director. In addition to this raise, Barnhart did receive a bonus for Kentucky’s placement in the Directors’ Cup standings:
Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart gets $50,000 bonus as Wildcats finish 17th in Learfield Directors' Cup standings. Gets that amount for top-20 finish
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) June 30, 2018