KU again refuses to release AD salary

Kansas University has refused to release records about athletic director Lew Perkins’ compensation package to The Associated Press and the Kansas Press Assn.

The Lawrence Journal-World and cable television station 6News sued KU this year after the school refused to release the same records. Last month, the AP and KPA asked to join the suit. Because the original defendants have not objected, the judge is expected to grant the motion, said attorney Mike Merriam, who represents the AP and KPA.

The wire service and trade group also submitted a separate request to the university for release of the records.

In a letter dated April 29, the university told the AP and KPA that Perkins’ employment contract was an “individually identifiable record” and said it was not required by the Kansas Open Records Act to release information about bonus, deferred compensation and job performance plans.

The university said its response was consistent with previous attorney general opinions and the practices of other public colleges and universities in the state.

The university previously has disclosed Perkins receives an annual base salary of $400,000 and fringe benefits including two automobiles, family memberships to two country clubs and two season tickets to KU’s men’s basketball games.

The contract mentions that “contingent supplemental compensation is potentially available.” The Journal-World has reported that supplemental income reportedly boosts Perkins’ annual compensation to about $1 million.