MacLeod will step down Aug. 26

Updated: July 27, 2005, 11:03 AM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa athletics director Judy MacLeod will resign to take an administrative position with Conference USA, the university announced Wednesday.

MacLeod will step down Aug. 26. Tulsa President Steadman Upham appointed Kevan Buck, the university's vice president for business and finance, as interim athletics director while a search is performed.

MacLeod will become associate commissioner for governance and national policy with the conference, which Tulsa joined July 1 after nine seasons in the Western Athletic Conference.

MacLeod became Tulsa's interim athletics director in September 1995 and was appointed to the permanent position in February 1997. She has overseen the hirings of football coach Steve Kragthorpe, a former NFL quarterbacks coach, in 2002 and basketball coach Doug Wojcik, Tom Izzo's top assistant at Michigan State, in March.

Kragthorpe took a team that had consecutive one-win seasons and led it to an 8-5 record and a berth in the 2004 Humanitarian Bowl. As a result, he was named the WAC coach of the year. The Golden Hurricane went 4-8 in his second season.

"Tulsa is a very special place and I am thankful and proud to have been involved during a time of tremendous progress and growth of our athletic department and University," MacLeod said in a statement. "I've had the opportunity to work with some magnificent people striving for the same goal of providing our student-athletes with an outstanding athletic experience while earning a degree."

MacLeod, who has served in several capacities at Tulsa including assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator, is one of six female athletics directors in NCAA Division I. She has been at Tulsa since 1990 and been involved in efforts to build a new basketball arena and tennis center and upgrade the football stadium and other facilities.

"The University of Tulsa is tremendously appreciative to the dedication and tireless work that Judy has exhibited during her tenure. She has been so instrumental in the successes and progression of TU athletics," Upham said. "I'm extremely proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Judy, even for a short time. I look forward to working with Judy in her new position at Conference USA."

Her duties at Conference USA will include governance activities, oversight of the conference's compliance and rules education programs and work with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, academic services and regulatory matters involving other Division I conferences.

"Judy is an excellent administrator and we are very excited with her decision to join our team," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "She has distinguished herself over the last decade as an outstanding and thoughtful leader at the University of Tulsa and we know she will make a great contribution to the conference."

Buck joined Tulsa as vice president for business and finance in March 2000. He previously served as vice president for business and finance at Wilmington (Ohio) College and as comptroller at Ashland (Ohio) University.

He holds a master's degree from Wright State University in 1981 and a bachelor's degree from Michigan Technological University in 1985.

"The great thing about stepping into the interim position is how stable the athletic department has remained under Judy's leadership," Buck said. "We have tremendous coaches and administrators who will make my job and transition into this position easy."

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