Mike Alden to step down as Missouri Athletic Director
COLUMBIA - Missouri athletic director Mike Alden announced Thursday he will be stepping down from his position effective August 31.
Alden released a letter Thursday afternoon, including this statement:
"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love. I have informed Chancellor Loftin of my decision to step down as the Director of Athletics effective August 31, 2015. My wife, Rockie, our son, Jake, and I have had an incredible experience at Mizzou and this is simply our next step in our journey in Columbia. We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past seventeen years, which is a lifetime for an athletics administrator. I am most proud of our tremendous coaches, staff and student-athletes and how they represent our University with academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence." Alden_letter.pdf
Alden became the athletic director in 1998. Some of his most notable accomplishments include the hiring of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel and help Missouri transition to the Southeastern Conference. He will not be leaving the University of Missouri however. He will transition to a role in the College of Education as an instructor for higher education leadership courses.
Chancellor Bowen Loftin released this statement:
"Over seventeen years of service to the University of Missouri, Mike has transformed our athletics program into one of the nation's best, with world-class student-athletes, coaches, staff, facilities, affiliations and financial resources. He led our institution's move to the Southeastern Conference and has been at the helm as our teams won multiple championships over the years. Though I am saddened that Mike will no longer be a member of our leadership team and leading our Department of Athletics, I am truly happy for him and Rockie as he embarks on a new challenge here at Mizzou. Mike will always be a part of our family.We have already begun a national search for Mike's successor and I am confident we will find a tremendous leader to carry us forward."
Chancellor Loftin, Dean Daniel Clay and Mike Alden will address the media Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Room in the Reynolds Alumni Center. Students, faculty and Mizzou fans can attend the event.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive called Alden a "transformative leader for Missouri Athletics."
He said, "Mike played a critical role in the transition of Missouri into the Southeastern Conference and I will always remember his calm demeanor, his authoritative presence and his infectious enthusiasm as he introduced the Mizzou tradition to the SEC."