May 30, 2017 at 8:00 am | Print View
HARLAN — Before the end of the upcoming football season, Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard will be working under the third university president of his tenure.
The impending change, which sees former ISU president Steven Leath taking the same position at Auburn University, speaks to Pollard’s longevity in Ames. It also gives him perspective on what this change entails.
“I’m glad I’m in Year 12 because if I was in Year 2, I’d probably feel a little more apprehensive about it,” Pollard said at the first stop of the Cyclone Tailgate Tour. “Change is inevitable, but change is also a challenge. I’m not spending a lot of time worrying about it because I can’t control any of it.”
Pollard stepped in as ISU athletics director in the fall of 2005, nearly halfway through former ISU president Gregory Geoffroy’s tenure. He saw the Leath era through from start to finish from 2012 through last month, and will work with interim president Ben Allen, formerly the University of Northern Iowa president.
Iowa State has invested $160 million in construction and facility renovations for a number of ISU athletics teams, developed a digital television network (Cyclones.tv) and eliminated the athletic department’s dependence on state funding under Pollard’s direction.
Pollard’s hope for the new ISU president is their visions on the role of athletics in a university’s functionality align — similar to his relationships with Geoffroy and Leath.
“Just tell me who the president, he or she, is going to be and then it’s our job to adjust to them,” Pollard said. “Hopefully they’ll be somebody that shares the same appreciation for the value of athletics that our previous two presidents have. If we get that then everything will be just fine.”
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