SBD/August 13, 2014/Colleges

Fresno State AD Thomas Boeh Out After Nine Years, Will Be Reassigned Within The School

Boeh's new role will see him focusing on athletic fundraising

Fresno State has reassigned its “polarizing and proficient” AD Thomas Boeh to new a position at the university after leading the athletic department for nine years, according to a front-page piece by Kuwada & Anteola of the FRESNO BEE. He will “serve as primary adviser” to school President Joseph Castro beginning this Friday, “focusing on increasing athletic department fundraising and the changing landscape of college athletics.” Boeh “was a bottom-line manager whose tenure was marked by unprecedented success on the athletic field and budget-related decisions that impacted his popularity.” While Boeh “is credited with Fresno State's improved APR scores, fewer Code of Conduct violations and better adherence to NCAA regulations, he gained his share of critics after cutting wrestling and reorganizing the Bulldog Foundation, the department's fundraising arm.” Boeh in May was named ’13-14 AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Fresno State Senior Associate AD/Intercollegiate Services Stephen Robertello and CFO, VP/Administration & Athletic Corporation BOD Chair Cynthia Teniente-Matson “have been named interim co-ADs.” Robertello “will assume responsibility for daily athletic operations, sports administration and student-athlete services,” while Teniente-Matson “will assume responsibility for finances, facilities and business operations.” A “national search for a new athletic director will begin immediately” (FRESNO BEE, 8/13).

COMING SOON: Georgia State President Mark Becker yesterday said that a new AD “could be named within a week and should certainly be named within the next two weeks.” In Atlanta, Doug Roberson notes Becker “wouldn’t comment on any candidates.” After five years as AD, Cheryl Levick “transitioned to a new job on July 1 as a special assistant to Becker.” Levick has “spent part of the summer dealing with a health issue that she referenced as one of the reasons that she left” the AD role. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search is leading the replacement efforts (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/13).

AGREE TO DISAGREE: In Denver, Terry Frei reports former Colorado State AD Jack Graham “is adamant that disagreements over stadium fundraising issues were at the heart of his firing” last week. That stance “contradicted the university position it was ‘unrelated’ to the stadium.” Graham said neither he nor CSU President Tony Frank "are the kind of people who blow up." Graham: "But certainly, Tony did state and cite the fact that there were differences of opinion between us that led to his decision. (The stadium) was clearly at the heart of it” (DENVER POST, 8/13). Graham said that he "knows he ruffled some feathers while trying to transform the athletic department into one that could deliver the kind of success he believed was possible." He added that besides the stadium he "accomplished everything he set out to do" since being hired in December '11. In Colorado, Kelly Lyell notes Graham is "telling donors who contacted him to take a deep breath and relax, but not to back off" (Ft. Collins COLORADOAN, 8/13).

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