Tulsa hires Ball State AD Cunningham

Updated: October 7, 2005, 2:36 PM ET
Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Tulsa has hired Ball State University athletic director Lawrence "Bubba" Cunningham to be the Golden Hurricane's new athletic director, school officials said Friday.

Cunningham, 43, has been athletic director at Ball State in Muncie, Ind., since 2002 and helped complete a $12 million campaign to renovate the football stadium.

Tulsa president Steadman Upham said Cunningham exemplifies the qualities and characteristics he was looking for.

"He has outstanding and well-rounded credentials as an athletic administrator," Upham said. "Bubba's experience in marketing, fund-raising and the planning of facilities is well-suited for our university."

Cunningham said he was impressed with the university, the coaches and the support of the community. "The transformation that's occurring on campus and the entrance into Conference USA with all the new opportunities that C-USA presents for the university is exciting," he said.

"The size of the campus and the chance to work with outstanding coaches and student athletes is very appealing."

Prior to his employment with Ball State, Cunningham spent 15 years working at the athletic department at the University of Notre Dame where he served various capacities including ticket and marketing manager, assistant athletic director/business manager, associate athletic for finance and facilities and associate athletic director for external affairs.

Cunningham earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Notre Dame and played on the university's golf team.

Cunningham succeeds Judy MacLeod, who resigned in August to become an associate commissioner in Conference USA. TU vice president Kevan Buck has served as interim athletic director.

Cunningham signed a five-year contract with TU. Terms of the contract were not released.

Cunningham signed a five-year contract with TU. Terms of the contract were not released. Tulsa spokesman Don Tomkalski said the school hopes to have him in place in his new job by mid-November.

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