ATHENS - Less than two years into 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.
"He's had two years here now," UGA president Michael Adams said. "He's shown extraordinary leadership. He's widely respected already among the other A.D.s in the conference. I've 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.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
"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 changes 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 it by media members who were there to talk about the new contract for head football coach Mark Richt.
"I don't like talking about that at all. It's awkward for me," McGarity said. "I've always said it's an honor and privilege for me to work here, as athletic director. ... It's reassuring to know the president and the board feel confident in the direction we're moving as a staff."
McGarity said Adams approached him two weeks ago at an athletic board meeting. Then they talked more last week in Destin, Fla., at SEC meetings.
"I didn't listen much after he said he was gonna extend my contract," McGarity said.