Annette Hacker, director,
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Bruce Van De Velde, Athletics, (515) 294-0123
Tom Kroeschell, Athletics, (515) 294-3372
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137
Van De Velde announces resignation from Iowa StateAMES, Iowa --- Bruce Van De Velde, athletics director at Iowa State University, announced today that he is resigning, effective at the end of the year. He submitted a letter of resignation to Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy.
"I'm extremely proud of the success the Iowa State Athletics Department has achieved under my leadership the past five years. The department is financially sound, and we've had great success in competition," Van De Velde said. "It's been a real pleasure to work with our athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and donors."
Van De Velde will continue to serve as athletics director until his successor is hired, or until Dec. 31, 2005. In addition, he will provide consulting services through June 2006.
"Our athletics program has made significant progress under Bruce's guidance, and I'm grateful for his enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in all phases of the program," Geoffroy said. "He has positioned the program well for his successor."
Geoffroy said a national search for a new athletics director will begin immediately with the appointment of a search committee and selection of a consultant to assist with the search. The search committee will screen and interview candidates and recommend finalists to Geoffroy, who will make the final selection.
Van De Velde became Iowa State's athletics director Nov. 15, 2000. He came to Iowa State from the University of Oklahoma, where he served as senior associate athletics director. He also served as director of athletics at Utah State University, and as associate athletics director at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Kansas State University. Prior to that, he served as recruiting coordinator at the University of Iowa. Van De Velde holds degrees from Iowa State and the University of Iowa. A native of Sterling, Ill., Van De Velde and his wife, Debbie, have one daughter, Ashley.
During Van De Velde's tenure as Iowa State's athletics director, athletic department revenues increased from $19.6 million to $29 million, and the department established a $3.7 million operating reserve fund. Season ticket sales and fund raising for athletics have increased significantly with more than 2,000 new donors contributing to the National Cyclone Club. Major facility improvements include the Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility; the Lied-Hixson Student Success Center and Rod and Connie French Academic Center; new seating, signage and permanent lighting at Jack Trice Stadium; renovation of Hilton Coliseum; and improvements to the basketball, gymnastics, and volleyball practice facilities, and the swimming, softball, and soccer complexes.
Also during the last five years, Iowa State has participated in four bowl games and achieved its highest national ranking in football in school history, won Big 12 Championships in both men's and women's basketball and competed in the NCAA and NIT Tournaments. In 2004 both the men's and women's basketball teams reached the Final Four of the NIT Tournaments. Iowa State wrestling, gymnastics and track and field also competed in the NCAA Championships.
Iowa State has more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports, 11 for women and seven for men, and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. The athletics department has 124 full-time employees.
"I'm extremely proud of the success the Iowa State Athletics Department has achieved under my leadership the past five years. The department is financially sound, and we've had great success in competition."
Bruce Van De Velde