Georgia State AD Cheryl Levick Stepping Down, Will Transition To New Role With School
Georgia State AD Cheryl Levick on Friday announced that she will "transition to a new role" as Special Assistant to President Mark Becker, but will remain AD "until beginning her new role July 1," according to Doug Roberson of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Levick cited three reasons for the move, including that the school "needed someone who could make at least a five-year commitment to the university to help advance the Turner Field proposal." Levick also said that she has "non-threatening health issues" that she has put off and need to be "taken care of." Finally, she wants to "gather best practices used by other athletic departments and compile them, along with her experiences of more than 30 years, to develop a model curriculum." Levick will "remain on salary" until June 30, 2015. She "received a base salary of $290,000 this year." One of Levick's "regrets is the possibility of not being able to see" the four-year-old football team play in a bowl game. Levick: "The timing didn't work. It was on my bucket list. By nature of these circumstances, it's not going to happen." But Levick said that her resignation "should have no bearing on the three projects her department has been working to raise the funds to construct: a strength-and-conditioning facility for football, practice courts for men's and women's basketball and volleyball, and an academic center." Meanwhile, Becker is "expected to name" an interim AD before June 30, while a "national search will be held to find Levick's replacement." Becker on Friday "thanked Levick" and said that he hopes to have the next AD "in place by the end of August." He said that a search firm "will be used, but a contract with one hasn't been signed." Becker said of Levick, "She has done what everybody hopes to do, which is go out on top" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 5/31).