New UMD sporting director’s five-year contract closely mirrors that of his predecessor – Reuters Sports News

DULUTH — The University of Minnesota board of trustees will vote to formally approve a five-year contract for new Minnesota Duluth athletic director Forrest Karr at its meeting on Friday. His contract was recommended for board approval on Thursday by the finance and operations committee.

Karr’s deal closely mirrors the contract extension former Bulldogs athletic director Josh Berlo signed in May 2021 before leaving in June 2022 to become vice chancellor of athletics at the University of Denver.

Hired by UMD in August, Karr’s initial base salary will be $185,000 with a $10,000 raise to take effect May 31, 2024 and a $15,000 raise to take effect May 31, 2026. corresponds to the base salary of $181,750. Berlo received in 2021-22, under the 2021 extension which was due to expire at the end of June 2026. Berlo was due to receive a $5,000 raise on May 1, 2022.

Like his predecessor, Karr will receive a monthly car allowance of $500 and is eligible for incentives if the UMD men’s and/or women’s hockey teams participate in the NCAA Tournament — $1,000 each.

Karr, 46, has nearly two decades of experience as an athletic director at institutions like UMD, which primarily compete at the NCAA Division II level but are NCAA Division I at the hockey. He was athletic director of Northern Michigan University for the previous 10 seasons.

In accordance with University of Minnesota relocation policy

Karr’s contract provides that he will receive a lump sum of $15,000 for relocation expenses.

According to a summary of comparable market data submitted to the board, Karr’s salary will rank among the bottom third of athletic directors in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference at eight schools, where the UMD men’s hockey team is in competition. Five of the eight schools compete primarily at the NCAA Division I level.

No comparisons were listed for the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference — where women play four other NCAA Division I programs, including three from the Big 10 — or the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference — the Division II league where they play. the majority of UMD sports. Berlo’s salary — at the time of his extension in 2021 — was in the bottom four in the WCHA and top four in the NSIC — where four of the 16 members have Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs.

One benefit Berlo was to receive as part of his May 2021 extension that Karr did not receive in his contract is an additional $5,000 pension contribution to a retirement plan. The first contribution for Berlo was to be acquired on May 1, 2022.

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