Loyola University Chicago announced Wednesday that it will begin searching for a new athletic director as John Planek is stepping down after 12 years in the position and transitioning to a new role.
John Planek’s bio click here: John Planek
Here is a letter detailing the move from Robert Kelly,Vice President, Student Development:
“As you know, Loyola is committed to creating a student community that is second to none. The strategic plan spells out that commitment, and the reimagine campaign on the Lake Shore Campus includes phases of improvement aimed at this goal. A key part of reimagine is upgrading our student athletics facilities and programs to serve as a centerpiece of action and energy on campus.
As part of the process of “reimagining” athletics, we will begin searching for a new Athletic Director (AD) in the coming months. John Planek, PhD, will remain in his current position until a new AD arrives on campus, at which time he will transition to a new role. We are extremely grateful to John, who has served for the past 12 years as the leader of the athletic program and for his advancing of the department to its current state. His accomplishments include exceptional care for students who are both scholars and athletes, 25 regular-season and conference-tournament championships, improvements to the Gentile Center and soccer and softball fields, and additional staffing for coaching and support within the department. Please join me in thanking John for his years of service as Director of Athletics. The new AD will be in place by the start of the 2011–12 academic year.
As we enter a new decade, significant improvements in athletics facilities, additional resources to support athletics for players and spectators alike, and new-found leadership will be evident. Collectively, these changes reflect a new era in Loyola athletics, the goal being to improve campus life and enhance the student experience at Loyola.
I hope you will be sure to attend Midnight Madness on October 15 at the Gentile Center to help kick off the 2010–11 men’s and women’s basketball season. For more information on that event, visit LUC.edu/athletics.”
Robert Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development
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