The past several months have been exceedingly turbulent for the University of Missouri and its athletic department, but the school hopes it has finally found a long-term leadership solution for its sports programs.
On Tuesday, interim Missouri chancellor Hank Foley announced the school’s hiring of Jim Sterk as athletic director, via Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou, confirming reports that surfaced on Monday.
Sterk, who was recently named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year, spent the past seven years at San Diego State. He replaces Mack Rhodes, who abruptly left to take the same position at Baylor in July.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispath’s Dave Matter, Sterk will make $700,000 per year (salary plus monthly non-salary pay) and can earn up to $150,000 in bonuses over a seven-year contract. Sterk’s buyout figure will begin at $1.4 million and decrease by $200,000 per year.
Missouri will formally introduce Sterk at a Thursday press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. local time.
WELCOME to our new Director of Athletics, Jim Sterk! #Mizzou ?
— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) August 9, 2016