ASU athletics director Terry Mohajir gets contract extension to 2023

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Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir has signed a new agreement that extends his contract to June 30, 2023, ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced.

Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed. Mohajir’s previous contract was set to expire in June 30, 2020.

Along with the Vice Chancellor title, Mohajir’s new agreement includes a salary increase and a retention bonus, both of which will be covered from privately raised funds.

“Because of the incredible work that he has done for his alma mater since returning in 2012, including the success he has built on and off the field of competition, I wanted to make sure that we keep Terry Mohajir as a Red Wolf for the foreseeable future,” Damphousse said. “He is a champion for our student-athletes, he strives daily to improve our university, and he is committed to creating an experience through our athletics department that lifts up the entire institution.

Under Mohajir’s leadership, ASU has claimed dozens of Sun Belt Conference championships and individual NCAA titles. Academically, the school has set records for overall student-athlete composite GPA and graduation success rates.

“It is no accident that graduation rates among our student-athletes have improved greatly during Terry’s tenure or that 100% of our student-athletes have a job or are accepted into graduate school when they graduate from A-State. Terry is utterly devoted to ensuring that our students are given everything they need to be successful when their playing career ends.”

In fundraising, Mohajir has secured private gifts and funding to expand Centennial Bank Stadium, secured naming rights for First National Bank Arena, and overseen more than $80 million in construction and facility renovations. His guidance has increased the value of the Red Wolves brand in athletic marketing and sponsorship agreements, including signing of recent agreements with Learfield and Adidas, which were the largest in school history.

“I am honored and humbled that Chancellor Damphousse, along with President Welch, our Board of Trustees and our Red Wolves Foundation Board, all have confidence in the direction our athletics department is heading,” Mohajir said. “I am privileged that I get to sit in the athletics director’s chair, however the tribute is shared with our amazing athletics department administration, coaches and students. It continues to be a gift every day to work with such wonderful people and incredible students. I’ve often said it takes a whole university to build an athletics department, and we truly have magnificent leadership and collaboration across our university.”