UPDATE: ASU Re-Assigns Athletic Director Dean Lee

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 2:39 pm  

Dean Lee. (Photo by Jimmy Jones.)

Arkansas State University said Tuesday that it is re-assigning Athletic Director Dean Lee to another position at the university.

In a news release, ASU confirmed what sources told ArkansasSports360.com earlier in the day: that Lee will remain employed at ASU in the university's advacement office. He will be associate vice chancellor for advancement.

"He will work closely with Vice Chancellor Cristian Murdock as ASU gears up for an international fundraising effort," ASU said in a news release, available in full at the end of this story. The university also said Lee's salary will remain at $150,123.

A search for a new athletic director will begin immediately. Senior associate athletic director Doug Abel will serve as interim athletic director.

Lee signed a three-year extension on June 5, which would have kept him as athletic director through June 30, 2015.

The move comes as ASU prepares for its first football season under new head coach Gus Malzhan, a former offensive coordinator for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn University, where in 2010 he helped coach the team to a national championship. 

The hiring of Malzahn, which followed a 10-win season under former head coach Hugh Freeze, has prompted university officials to set their sights on raising the profile of the ASU football program.

A Decade at ASU

Lee came to ASU in 2002, succeeding Paul Griffin, who resigned earlier that year after less than a year in the position.

Lee came to ASU from Oklahoma State University, where he was executive director of the OSU Athletic Associates and assistant vice president of the OSU Foundation. He joined the OSU staff as associate director of athletics for the Big 12 Conference school in 1997.

Before that, he spent two years as athletic director at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. While at Tech, he directed the school’s move from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level.

Lee also worked as vice president of the Razorback Foundation at the University of Arkansas from 1988 until he left for Tech in 1995. While at Fayetteville, he also served on the faculty as an instructor.



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