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Incoming UH athletic director to make $290k a year

    UH Athletic Director-elect David Matlin.

Incoming University of Hawaii athletic director David Matlin will be paid $290,016 a year for five years plus bonuses and has the possibility of a post-AD position in the school’s Shidler College of Business.

In addition, he may receive a “club membership” if the fees and dues are “covered by the University of Hawaii Foundation, ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue, or other non-University of Hawaii organizations.”

The items are contained in a letter of employment scheduled to go before the UH Board of Regents for approval Thursday.

A copy of the agreement was obtained Friday by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser under the state’s open records law.

The agreement says his initial appoint is for five years and subject to “satisfactory annual performance each year.” It said termination “will be for failure to earn satisfactory or better evaluation or for cause.”

Matlin, who has an MBA from the Shidler College, “has the possibility for a post-AD position” there, which “may be discussed at a later date, but, in any case, compliance with state and federal laws, collective bargaining agreements and UH policies and procedures will be adhered to.” 

The agreement provides for Matlin’s wife to accompany him on “up to eight events annually associated with official UH Manoa Athletic event/appearances at university expense, subject to Chancellor’s approval.”

Matlin’s predecessor, outgoing athletic director Ben Jay receives $294,000 a year. Jay’s initial letter of employment allowed for his wife and minor children to accompany him on up to eight trips a year.  

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