Board of Trustees meets to discuss UAH hires, UAB football coach

Board of Trustees meets to discuss UAH hires, UAB football coach

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The Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama met Monday afternoon to make employment approvals. On their agenda was the approval of Todd Barré as vice president for finance and administration at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a revision of the employment contract for Bill Clark, head football coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Barré has a background of twenty-seven years of budget, finance, and administrative experience in higher education. Since 2012, Barré has been the  director of budget and institutional research at Louisiana State University (LSU) Agriculture Center. 

Robert Altenkirch, president of UAH, wrote to all faculty, staff and students about his confidence in Barré.

“Todd brings a wealth of experience in leadership in finance and administration in higher education at both the campus and system level,” the letter read. 

After members of the board spoke of his past employment and accomplishments, the motion to approve his employment was passed. 

The next item discussed was the revision of Bill Clark’s contract as head football coach for UAB. The revision included: extension of contract to May 31, 2023, increase in salary, amend competitive success compensation during regular season play, compensation for postseason play, incentive pay for excellence in  overall player academics, liquidated damages for a termination without cause, and liquidation damages for UAB if Clark breaches his contract. 

There to speak in favor of the new contract was Allen Bolton, vice president for financial affairs and administration at UAB.  

Bolton talked about Clark’s impact on UAB with an average attendance of 30,000 fans at this year’s home games, the highest in UAB history.

“[Clark has been] great in recruitment of staff and players,” Bolton said. 

Since his last extension in 2015, Clark will now receive $805,000 per year starting on Dec. 1, with an increase averaging $40,000 every year after. UAB believes this will be a return on investment with confidence in Clark’s ability to win in both regular and post-season. 

The motion for contract approval passed with no objections, and after recognizing Clark’s dedication to UAB, the committee adjourned.

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