Mizzou new athletic director Jim Sterk talks about his plans goals

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COLUMBIA - New Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk said Thursday he will focus on students' academic, athletic and personal development and will work to ensure the university can "compete for championships on a high level."

"We'll reach new heights of success," he said.

Speaking to the media, Sterk said he is proud to be working for the flagship university of Missouri.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley introduced Sterk, saying it is a new day and a new year for the athletic department. When asked how he convinced Sterk to come to a school recovering from turmoil with temporary leadership in place, Foley said he "expressed pride in the people and the school."

Foley said he wanted someone "who wasn’t so concerned about me," but had the confidence to come here and make a difference.

Sterk said he isn't worried about what's happened in the recent past.

“I have a fresh start,” he said.

Sterk said his talks with Foley made him think “I can go to war with that guy.”

He and his family have made a decision to stay at the university for a long time.

“This is a destination spot. I would love to have the tenure of Mike Alden,” he said.

Sterk most recently served as athletic director at San Diego State University. He was the athletic director at Washington State University from 2000-2010 and Portland State University from 1995-2000.

He was named the NACDA athletic director of the year in 2015-2016, and is currently a member of the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball committee.

Sterk said he will really dive into the work at Mizzou on Aug. 22.