Vance came to KU in 1983 as the school's Sports Information Director. In 2001 he was promoted to associate athletics director/communications, assuming responsibility for media relations, marketing, information systems, the KU Athletics Hall of Fame and licensing.
" We are very grateful for Doug's many years of loyal service to the University of Kansas," Perkins said. "While my preference was for Doug to stay, I respect his decision and certainly wish him well with whatever he chooses to do."
Vance is a past president of the College Sports Information Directors of America, and was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2000.
" Lew offered me an opportunity to remain with the staff," Vance said. "However, I've decided to go a different direction. Now I can concentrate on being a fan and enjoy watching all the teams compete. For the last 20 years, my life has revolved around the KU athletics department. As a family, we've poured our heart and soul into sharing the joys of success and heartbreak of defeat. It has been a great and rewarding experience.
" It has been an honor and privilege to have worked for and represented the University of Kansas," Vance added. "My life has been enriched by the many associations and friendships with staff, coaches and fans over the years. I'm proud of what we achieved during my years at KU, and I look forward to seeing the athletic department have greater success in the future."