Board of Curators approves Mack Rhoades as MU Athletic Director

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COLUMBIA - The UM System Board of Curators met during a special meeting Monday morning to vote on a new athletic director for the University of Missouri.

The Board of Curators voted to move the meeting into executive session, which required media to leave the room at the time of the voting. They met for just under an hour and approved Mack Rhoades, currently the athletic director at the University of Houston, to replace Mike Alden.

In a release from the University of Missouri, Rhoades said, "The University of Missouri is a world-class institution, and I am honored to serve as its next director of athletics. Success begins with great people and I look forward to working with our talented student-athletes, coaches and staff to keep the athletics program among the nation's elite. Amy and the girls and I are extremely excited to become members of the Mizzou family, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Chancellor Loftin and President Wolfe. I look forward to traveling the state to meet the fans who are the heartbeat of the Tigers."

Rhoades, 49, leaves Houston after six years as athletic director. 

At Houston, Rhoades helped open a new $120 million football stadium and he made several high profile head coaching hires. Rhoades hired former Oklahoma and Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson in April last year. He also recently hired football coach Tom Herman - the former Ohio State offensive coordinator. Herman was the 2014 Broyles award winner, going to the top assistant football coach in the country. 

Rhoades also worked as athletic director at the University of Akron for three and half years before going to Houston. He got his start at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he worked to be the senior associate athletic director under former MU head football coach Bob Stull.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is already familiar with Rhoades, who worked with current Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin from 2008-2011 years at Houston. Loftin hired Sumlin as the Aggies head football coach on Dec. 10, 2011 and also interviewed Rhoades for athletic director, but Eric Hyman from the University of South Carolina filled the vacant role instead.

In a release from the University of Missouri, Loftin said, "Mack Rhoades brings a wealth of experience as a Division I athletic director to Mizzou, and he has demonstrated a commitment to our core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence. I am delighted to welcome a leader with a track record of enhancing the student-athlete experience and a proven record in fundraising and facility development. We found the right fit at the right time to take Mizzou Athletics to even greater heights."

In January, current athletic director Mike Alden announced he would be stepping down from the position effective August 1. Alden will still be apart of the University of Missouri as he will be transitioning to the role of instructor in the College of Education.

Rhoades will be officially announced as the new athletic director on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the MU Student Center.