The University of Missouri announced on Tuesday that Jim Sterk will become the school’s next athletic director.
“This is a wonderful day for Mizzou and Tiger fans everywhere,” Missouri interim chancellor Hank Foley said in a press release. “Jim’s leadership in intercollegiate athletics is unparalleled, and we are thrilled he is going to bring his talents, energy and passion for working with student-athletes to Columbia. He is just what Mizzou needs at this time.”
Sterk has served as the athletic director at Portland State, Washington State and most recently San Diego Sate, where he was hired in 2010.
“My passion is building upon the successes of good athletic programs and helping to make them great,” Sterk said in a press release. “Whether it is guiding and mentoring student-athletes, working with coaches to ensure they have the resources they need or cheering with the fans, I realize that athletics is one of the most visible programs at a university. Mizzou’s recent entry into the SEC makes it highly visible, and I am excited about the opportunity to help continue to lead it on the national stage.”
Sterk, who will officially start on or before Sept. 1, will be paid a base and guaranteed salary of $700,000.
The school will introduce Sterk at a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Columns Club on the east side of Memorial Stadium.
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