COLUMBIA, Mo. (Mizzou Football App) - University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden announced Thursday in a release from the university that he will be stepping down in order to become an instructor in Mizzou's Positive Changes Program in the College of Education.
The move will take effect Aug. 31, 2015.
Alden announced that he had contemplated the decision to step down for months and recognized his move into an instructor position at the university as another step in his journey in Columbia.
In addition to his new position, Alden said he will help launch a Center for Global Service Learning Leadership with other Missouri campus partners. The center, Alden said, will harness the tremendous service interests of University of Missouri students and faculty into leadership curriculum and allow the university to take the next step in the development of students and their impact on the world.
During his 17 years as athletic director, Alden helped MU transition into the SEC and hired football coach Gary Pinkel, who's become the winningest coach in program history.
According to a prepared statement by MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, a nation-wide search has already begun to find Alden's successor.