When Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins steps down on Sept. 4, 2011, he will leave behind a lifestyle reserved for the rich and famous.
Perkins charged the athletic department more than $150,000 from July 2008 to May 2010 for 22 flights on university-owned and leased planes, according to a review of his travel vouchers by the Kansas City Star.
On one trip, Perkins flew from Lawrence to Columbia in an executive-style jet to attend the Jayhawks' basketball game against rival Missouri. Bill Self's defending national champion team took the bus.
There were 23 other private flights Perkins took in those 22 months — seven on boosters' planes, four cited on Perkins' vouchers without a cost and 12 that were reported on the expense reports of other Kansas staffers who joined the athletic director on a trip.