Arizona Board of Regents appointed University of Arizona president Robert ‘Bobby’ Robbins a one-year contract extension until June 2024.
Robbins will also receive an annual base salary increase of $ 698,625 to $ 725,515, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Including pension contributions, Robbins’ total compensation will increase to approximately $ 1 million.
Robbins could earn up to $ 195,000 in additional bonuses if UA meets its annual and multi-year goals, such as increasing the school’s student retention rate and increasing federal research in its Washington office, DC.
Robbins’ day-to-day work as the head of a world-class research institution hasn’t stopped the cardiothoracic surgeon from providing advice to UA’s sports department.
Since joining UA in June 2017, Robbins has openly exerted his influence on coach hires and layoffs. Most notably, Robbins has been an active voice in keeping the former men’s basketball coach Sean miller until this spring, when the administration finally turned on Miller, which led to his sacking on April 7.
Robbins was also active in finding a new Arizona football coach following the sacking of Kevin sumlin. There was a broad perception that Robbins was the primary decision maker in UA’s decision to introduce Jedd Fisch, who had never held a head coaching position before.
Our staff rated the hiring poorly at the time, and the Wildcats’ 0-4 start to the 2021 season, including the school’s first loss to NAU since 1932, did little to help silence the critics.
Also note, the sports director of Arizona Dave heekeThe contract currently runs until March 31, 2023.
Heeke’s contract was recently extended for one year in November 2019.