Less than five months before his time as UK president expires, Lee Todd extended the contract of Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart.
When asked Wednesday if the new eight-year deal and 26.3 percent salary increase for Barnhart might affect the pool of UK presidential candidates, Todd bristled.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I’m doing a heck of a favor for the next person to be president of this university. And don’t think I’m not.”
When Barnhart came to UK nine years ago, he dismissed several members of the existing athletic staff and brought in his own people.
This led a reporter to ask Todd why he didn’t afford the next UK president the same opportunity.
“Well, the new president can still do that, if they want to,” Todd said. “We haven’t taken that opportunity away. . . .
“But I will tell you with every beat of my heart, this is a positive for the next president of this university.”