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Mark Emmert welched on  $49,000 to UW

UW NobelSo he indebted the Udub $250,000,000,ooo to buy us a stadium, got himself a mega plush job running the NCAA,  and the welched on a lousy $50k.

, USA TODAY  (edited)

After becoming one of the nation’s highest-paid public school presidents at the University of Washington, President Mark Emmert signed a pledge from that year to give some of his money back to the school — $100,000 to go toward a scholarship fund. He never followed through on that pledge.  $51,000 of the $100,000 pledge was paid by January 2010.  The rest of the pledge went unpaid after Emmert left UW, his alma mater, to become president of the NCAA later that year.

In October 2006, the university board of regents gave Emmert an annual raise of more than $100,000, increasing his compensation to more than $700,000.  Less than a month later, Emmert signed his $100,000 pledge form, promising to fulfill it with five annual payments of $20,000, starting in January 2008, according to records obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The records show the last payment toward the pledge was received by January 2010. Emmert was named NCAA president in April 2010.

In April 2013, a university vice president sent a letter to Emmert, politely reminding him of his pledge and noting that a deadline was approaching in a program that would have provided matching funds for his donation.

“The good news is that your donations have totaled $51,000 toward your $100,000 pledge,” says the letter, obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “Further, the UW has held $50,000 in matching funds until June 30, 2013 (sunset date) as part of the Students First matching program that was created on your watch. … If you can see a way to contribute the remaining $49,000 by this time, the remaining matching funds will instantly be accrued to your fund. Of course, we would understand completely should this timetable be unfeasible, and I assure you we can still establish your scholarship with the $51,000 we have already received.”

The letter closes by thanking him “for the many years you have served and supported your Alma Mater. You bring the UW great pride and we feel privileged that you will be Huskies in every way, forever.”

A recent university report to contributors lists Emmert among many donors who gave at least $100,000 to the university, including Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. But the person with knowledge of the situation said Emmert’s amount was based on his pledge, not the amount received.

UW’s current president, Ana Mari Cauce, was hired late last year with a five-year contract that gives her more than $900,000 in annual compensation. She announced then she would donate $500,000 to the university over the term of her contract to help students.

 


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