Mizzou Athletics Leaders Step Forward With Voluntary Salary Reductions

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Six of Mizzou Athletics’ most highly compensated staff members have agreed to take a voluntary reduction in their salaries from May 1 through July 31, Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Thursday evening.

As a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Sterk will participate in the process announced earlier this week by MU President Dr. Mun Choi, and will be joined by Mizzou Head Football Coach Eliah Drinkwitz, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Robin Pingeton, Head Wrestling Coach Brian Smith and Head Baseball Coach Steve Bieser.

“In the wake of the unprecedented challenges the University of Missouri, our state and nation are facing, collectively we believed it was important to step forward and support President (Mun) Choi and other University leaders at this time,” Sterk said. “As leaders, I believe it is important that we lead by example, especially in times of crisis, and this is one way that we can demonstrate that.

“Part of our Win it Right culture includes togetherness, and I appreciate Eliah, Cuonzo, Robin, Brian and Steve’s unselfishness and willingness to step forward in these difficult times to voluntarily give up a part of their compensation. All five of them have impeccable character and understand the role that they play as leaders on our campus.”