Purdue Hires AD From Dozens of Candidates

Posted: Updated:
Bobinski has also worked at Xavier University and the University of Akron. Bobinski has also worked at Xavier University and the University of Akron.
WEST LAFAYETTE -

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says the search that landed Mike Bobinski as the next director of athletics attracted a nearly unlimited pool of contenders for the job, saying "there was no one who wasn't interested in talking with us." Bobinski will leave his current AD position at Georgia Tech and reach Purdue at a key time for the department. The most high-profile challenge involves helping to return a football program that was once a contender for Big Ten Conference Championships, but has only recorded six wins in last three seasons under Head Coach Darrell Hazell.

During his introduction Tuesday morning at the West Lafayette campus, Bobinski said he has work to do from day one.

Though details of Bobinski's salary have not completely been ironed out, Daniels said he will be paid "somewhere at or in the top quartile of their peers nationally. That's a moving target, but we will hit it as we finalize this contract. It'll have performance incentives in it tied to winning, but also to success in the ways this program has been so successful already." Daniels says Purdue had its pick of "top people essentially from every conference." He concluded his remarks by saying "we are committed to excellence in everything we do: in teaching, in research and in athletic competition and we went looking for the most competitive, determined, proven winner we could find, but someone who shares our values of academics and standards of conduct. Someone, who like everybody at Purdue, wants to win in the right way."

Purdue had been searching for months for the successor to Morgan Burke, who has been on the job since 1993, a tenure that surpasses any other AD in Purdue history. In February, Burke announced plans to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Purdue has been working with a national firm to assist in the hunt for the next leader of Boilermaker sports teams. In May, a job posting went live on several high-profile college athletics industry web sites.

Bobinski's previous experience includes AD stints at Xavier University and the University of Akron. He said "being successful at this level requires an all-in commitment. There are no pretenders in the Big Ten, at this level and at the Power Five level. You've got to have a top-to-bottom, side-by-side, all-in commitment. So as we look ahead, I certainly feel that from the leadership of Purdue. But I would ask the extended Purdue family to stay together, to stay involved and stay supportive. We'll need everybody. We can't do this just by ourselves in athletics. We need everybody with us."

During his introduction Tuesday morning at the West Lafayette campus, Bobinski said he has work to do from day one.
  • Perspectives

    • Why Blogging Without Rules Produces the Best Content

      I spend a lot of time talking with people about what makes writing good. Depending on who you ask, good writing might be exciting and illustrative. It might be simple and efficient. If you ask someone who works in marketing, good writing translates to whatever helps a marketing strategy generate more leads, or more sales, or more of whatever a business is looking to gain. Though I fully respect and agree with this results-oriented perspective on content, in practice it can be...

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Mansion May Fall to Wrecking Ball

      A one-time mansion that once hosted dignitaries and politicians while they visited Valparaiso appears to be facing demolition, following years of decline and disrepair.  The stately mansion, known locally as the Brown home, maybe knocked down and replaced with condominiums, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    • Socio received the Top-Rated Overall Culture award. (Provided Photo/Socio)

      Inaugural Tech Culture Award Winners Unveiled

      Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has unveiled the winners of the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards. Eleven Hoosier tech companies received the honors based on survey rankings from the 2019 Tech Census, which focused specifically on tech cultures. Nearly 270 tech companies were nominated and the winners were selected from a group of 50 finalists. More than 1,300 individuals responded to the survey, which allowed employees to rate their companies and employers on...

    • Photo courtesy of Purdue University

      Purdue Offers 'Stranger Things' Replica Tee

      Purdue University has partnered with trademark licensing agent CLC to produce a special-edition replica Purdue shirt that appeared on an episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3.”  The university also teamed up with Venley to accurately replicate the shirt, which will be available at retailers on the West Lafayette campus and online later this month.

    • Mearns was named Ball State's president in 2017.

      Ball State President Bullish on Growth Potential

      The president of Ball State University says he is optimistic about the growth trajectory for the school and the Muncie community at large. Ball State recently set a new record for total enrollment with more than 22,000 students, including its largest-ever freshman class. The university is also continuing with several major capital projects, including the more than $87 million Foundational Sciences building, which broke ground earlier this month. In an interview in Studio (i) with...