Gene Smith Promoted
By Rob Ogden
Ohio Sate director of athletics Gene Smith will receive a raise, a contract extension and a promotion, the school announced Tuesday.
Pending approval by the school's board of trustees later this week, Smith, who has held the position since 2005, will receive a four-year contract extension through June 30, 2020.
He will also be elevated to the title of vice president while continuing his duties as director of athletics.
Along with the promotion, Smith received a raise, bumping his base earnings to $940,484 per year, retroactive to July, 2013.
"Gene Smith is one of this country’s most accomplished collegiate athletics directors, with an exemplary record of national leadership and service,” said Joseph Alutto, Ohio State's interim president.
"His vision and commitment to excellence have made Ohio State’s Department of Athletics one of the strongest in the nation. Expanding his leadership reach to work more closely with other university functions can only strengthen us all. ”
As Alutto alluded to, Smith will now have joint oversight responsibility with the Office of Business and Finance for the Business Advancement Division of Ohio State, according to the release.
The raise for Smith comes less than three years after the NCAA scandal that cost football coach Jim Tressel his job.
Smith is now one of the few higher-ups remaining in athletics following the scandal.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the athletics program at a university with a national reputation for excellence that encompasses a broad-range of areas,” Smith said in the release. “Ohio State is an amazing institution and I am proud to be a Buckeye.”
During Smith's tenure, Ohio State has won 10 team national championships and 60 individual national championships.
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