After its last Athletic Director left after just 14 months, the University of Missouri hired his replacement on Tuesday.
The University's Board of Curators approved the hiring of Jim Sterk. Sterk comes to MU from San Diego State University.
“My passion is building upon the successes of good athletic programs and helping to make them great,” Sterk said in a news release from MU. "I am excited about the opportunity to help continue to lead it on the national stage.”
Sterk replaces Mack Rhoades at MU. Rhoades left in July for the same job at the University of Baylor.
High profile alums from SDSU have high praise for Sterk. Pro-Football Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Ram Marshall Faulk said in a statement, "I’m sad to see him go, I am equally happy for Jim and his family, and I told him he is going to love the people of Missouri. Mizzou, you hired a man with impeccable integrity.”
Before his six years at SDSU, Sterk served in the same role at Washington State University and Portland State University.
During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, the Curators approved a seven-year contract for Sterk. The university will pay him a base and guaranteed salary of $700,000 per year.
MU will introduce Sterk during a news conference on Thursday. His first day on the job will be Sept. 1.