Jamie Pollard named new ISU athletics director

Jamie Pollard, deputy athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was named athletics director at Iowa State University effective October 1.

"Jamie Pollard has done an outstanding job at Wisconsin, and he is widely recognized for his management achievements and his creativity. We are extremely pleased that he has chosen to become a Cyclone and lead our athletics program," said President Gregory Geoffroy.


While at Wisconsin, Pollard was in charge of the 23 sports and overall day-to-day administration of the athletic department, including the Badgers $72 million budget. He also directly oversaw the men's and women's basketball program and represented Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez at most national and university athletic meetings.


"My vision for this athletic department is to build on the very strong foundation that's already in place and to tap into what I see as tremendous potential," Pollard said. "To have an athletic department that stands for academic excellence but also achieves athletic excellence. It's not going to be easy but the staff here is up for the challenge and I look forward to partnering with them and working extremely hard to make every Cyclone be very proud of an incredible athletic program.


"I'm proud to be here this morning but I'm even more proud to be joining the Cyclone family."


The search formally began five weeks ago to replace out-going ISU athletics director Bruce Van De Velde. Iowa State was aided by Dan Parker, a search consultant partner in the Baker-Parker search firm.


Geoffroy said they received over 100 nominations and applications including the ones generated by Baker-Parker.


The nine most promising candidates were each interviewed in person by committee chair Ben Allen and Geoffroy. It was then narrowed down to three candidates and each was interviewed in person by the full search committee and Geoffory.


Those final three candidates underwent an extensive background check, including confirmation of their education, criminal, credit and motor vehicle reviews, along with an NCAA sanctions review and a media review of anything controversial.


All three individuals passed, but one individual stood out and that was Pollard.


"I made a personal commitment to myself that when the opportunity came it would need to be at the right place and the right time," Pollard said. "The job is just too demanding to want to be an athletic director. I wanted to be an athletic director where I knew it was the right place and the right time."


Over the Labor Day holiday Pollard, his wife Ellen and four children traveled on their own to Ames to check out the University and community.


"We immediately felt the warmth and pride of this community," Pollard said. "[I] felt even stronger that if I was given the opportunity by Dr. Geoffroy that it'd be one I felt was the right place and the right time."

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