New Eastern Washington University athletic director Lynn Hickey will earn $178,566 annually during the course of a five-year contract signed last week.
Hickey, who served as interim athletic director beginning Feb. 12, was hired full time last week by university president Mary Cullinan.
Cullinan signed Hickey’s contract on April 25, the same day Hickey was announced as A.D. in front of a large crowd at Reese Court on the EWU campus,
Hickey’s contract runs through April 30, 2023, according to public records obtained on Thursday by The Spokesman-Review.
Former athletic director Bill Chaves, now working in the same capacity at North Dakota, earned $177,100 at EWU in 2016, the last year for which records are available.
Hickey’s contract includes several annual performance incentives:
- $2,500 if Eastern wins the President’s Cup for athletic and academic distinction from the Big Sky Conference;
- $4,000 for each year that at least 80 percent of EWU’s student-athletes graduate within five years of their original enrollment;
- $2,000 for each year Eastern’s overall NCAA Academic Progress Rate, which includes all intercollegiate sports, meets or exceeds 985; and
- $7,000 if any team wins a national championship.