ATHENS -- Less than two years on the job, Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity is getting a raise and a contract extension.
McGarity, hired in August of 2010, had his contract extended through the end of 2016 by the UGA athletic board on Thursday.
He is also receiving a raise, in two installments -- from his current $460,000 to $500,000 effective immediately and to $550,000 as of July 2013.
Hes had two years here now, Georgia president Michael Adams said. Hes shown extraordinary leadership. Hes widely respected already among the other ADs in the conference. Ive watched him make some tough personnel decisions this spring and have been impressed in how he has handled that, as well as the negotiations with the football coach.
I just felt it was important for the benefit of the athletic association and the university that we get him locked in at a time that was slightly longer than the head football coach. And that would well position the university for any chances that might happen in the future.
Adams is stepping down as of July 2013.
McGarity was put in the awkward position of being asked about his and extension by media members who were there to talk about the new contract for football head coach Mark Richt.
I dont like talking about that at all. Its awkward for me, McGarity said. Ive always said its an honor and privilege for me to work here as athletic director. ... Its reassuring to know the president and the board feel confident in the direction were moving as a staff.
McGarity said Adams approached him two weeks ago at an athletics board meeting. Then they talked more last week in Destin, Fla., at SEC meetings.
I didnt listen much after he said he was gonna extend my contract, McGarity said.