Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - The University of Missouri has rewarded athletic director Mike Alden with a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 academic year.
Alden has been at the helm since 1998 and guided Missouri through this year's conference change from the Big 12 to the SEC. He was named the Director of the Year in 2008 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and is the third-longest tenured AD in school history, behind only Don Faurot and Chester Brewer.
"Mike has provided important leadership during a time of transition of conferences," said Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton in a statement. "His record of integrity is stellar and his national leadership in the NCAA reflects recognition of his orientation to the success of the student athlete. The academic, competitive and financial strength of our athletic department is due to Mike's leadership, and the university is proud of his contributions. We want to see a stable pathway as we look to the future. This contract extension is one way to reinforce our commitment to excellence in athletics and to the academic mission of our university."
Missouri's athletic programs have flourished under Alden.
The football team has appeared in a school-record seven straight bowl games, the men's basketball team won 30 games last year and received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the softball team has competed in the Women's College World Series three times in the past four years. Six Tiger programs have won 11 conference championships (regular season and postseason combined).
In addition, Missouri has consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally in Academic Progress Rate in six of the last seven years.
"I want to thank Chancellor Deaton and our leadership at Mizzou for their continued confidence and support of our efforts in Tiger Athletics," said Alden in a statement Thursday. "This extension is greatly appreciated, and I believe it reflects the efforts of so many people working together for academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence. We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as we enter the SEC."
Alden's salary will remain at $301,917 and he can earn up to $777,976 through a combination of base salary and performance incentive income.
Before joining Missouri, Alden was the athletic director at Texas State.
08/30 13:28:49 ET