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Emmert Jumps, Who will pay?

Emmert wants to leave his UW president job a month early

University of Washington President Mark Emmert is trying to leave a month early to begin his job as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but it could cost him up to $51,666.

from the Seattle Times

By Katherine Long

Seattle Times staff reporter

UW President Mark Emmert

UW President Mark Emmert

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University of Washington President Mark Emmert was supposed to give his bosses a six-month written notice if he left the university to take a new job. But now that he’s been named the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Emmert is trying to leave the university a month early.

Emmert announced his resignation in late April, saying at the time that he would start the new job Nov. 1. But more recently, the president has told a number of people he wants to leave the UW Oct. 1.

According to the terms of his contract, Emmert has to give the UW an amount equal to one month of his base salary — or $51,666 — if he leaves without giving six months’ notice. (The president’s base salary is $620,000. His total compensation package is $906,500.)

In a special meeting Monday of the university’s Board of Regents — Emmert’s bosses — the board unanimously agreed to let Chairman Herb Simon negotiate the terms of Emmert’s departure.

In other words, the university could change the terms of the contract, possibly even waiving the need for Emmert to pay back a month’s worth of his salary.


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