University of Utah AD Mark Harlan has led Utes to new heights

University of Utah athletic director Mark Harlan poses for a portrait outside of the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The Utah AD recently wrapped up his fourth year at the helm on the Hill.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

On March 1, 2021, University of Utah athletic director Mark Harlan quietly signed an amendment to his original employment contract that extended his agreement, bumped his base salary in 2022, provided more deferred compensation, and included some bonuses based on fundraising achievements and how the school’s student-athletes performed in competition and the classroom.

Add it all up, and Harlan, who recently hit his four-year anniversary milestone on the Hill after being hired to replace longtime Utah AD Chris Hill on June 1, 2018, is now making around $1 million a year to guide the Pac-12 school’s 20 varsity sports teams and a staff of more than 200 employees.

That figure does not include a salary cut in July 2020 agreed to by “top earners” in the athletic department such as Harlan, football coach Kyle Whittingham and then-basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak to aid Utah’s budget during the pandemic.

So put Harlan’s name up there among the most highly paid employees of the state of Utah. But realize that one would be hard-pressed to find a person in the know who believes he hasn’t earned it.

The recently completed competition year (2021-22) was easily the most successful since Utah joined the Pac-12 in 2021, and arguably the most successful in school history. 

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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