Purdue University athletic director Morgan Burke to retire in July 2017

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Morgan Burke

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke plans to retire next year, the university announced Thursday.

Burke informed university leadership of his plans more than a year ago, according to a news release from the university. During an annual event in Florida, Burke told a group of alumni Thursday that he’ll retire in July 2017.

A national search will soon begin to find Burke’s successor. Michael Berghoff, chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees, will lead the effort. Purdue President Mitch Daniels has appointed a search committee:

  • Christie Sahley, associate dean in the College of Science and a longtime Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Stephanie White, 1999 Purdue graduate and current head coach of the Indiana Fever
  • Rod Woodson, former Boilermaker, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer
  • Purdue standout and NFL veteran Matt Light
  • Christa Szalach, a junior on Purdue’s soccer team
  • Nancy Cross, senior associate athletics director

“For longer than any athletic director in Purdue history Morgan has contributed to Purdue’s reputation as a highly competitive program marked by integrity and fiscal soundness,” Daniels said in a statement. “Over the last 23 years he has worked to create an environment that fosters both academic and athletic success among our student-athletes. For the first of many times to come, we thank him for his years of service to the university and look forward to working with him over the next year and a half to facilitate a successful transition.”

Burke, who’s led Purdue athletics since 1993, said “Few people are afforded the opportunity to serve their alma mater in a capacity such as I have for more than two decades, and I look forward to continue doing so as we help our student-athletes in their quest to win championships – in the classroom, in competition and in life.”

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