The University of Missouri announced both the University and Athletics Director Jim Sterk have agreed that he will stop down when a new director is found.
“We are grateful for the dedicated leadership Jim has provided over the last five years to position Mizzou for even greater success,” University of Missouri President Mun Choi said. “We recognize his many contributions and appreciate his continued role as we search for the next leader of Mizzou Athletics.
“We now begin a national search for a visionary athletics director who will develop a strategic plan for Mizzou to achieve exceptional success in the SEC and to navigate a bold path in the rapidly evolving world of collegiate athletics.”
Sterk oversaw the fundraising for Mizzou Football’s $98 million dollars South End Zone Facility. A new $34 million dollar indoor football practice facility will also be opened in the fall.
“I am grateful for the hard work of our amazing staff, coaches and student-athletes, as well as the generous support of our alumni and friends during my tenure as athletics director,” Sterk said. “I believe that Mizzou Athletics is well positioned for future success, and I wish our coaches and student-athletes well in their continued quest for academic and athletic excellence. MIZ.”
As the 20th athletics director for the University of Missouri, Sterk has led during a time of progress in new facilities, fundraising and increased academic and athletic success.