OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork is leaving for the same position at Texas A&M, both schools confirmed Thursday night.
Bjork, a 46-year-old Kansas native, has been at Ole Miss since 2012. He helped the department increase its revenue from $57 million to $117 million.
Before arriving at Ole Miss, Bjork was the athletic director at Western Kentucky and also worked at UCLA, Miami (Fla.), and Missouri.
Bjork will replace Scott Woodard, who recently left for LSU.
According to a release from Texas A&M, Bjork will be introduced in College Station on June 3, following next week's SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida. He will begin work at Texas A&M on July 8.
R.C. Slocum will remain Texas A&M's interim athletic director until Bjork's arrival.
Ole Miss Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks released this statement about Bjork:
“Ross has been an outstanding leader of Ole Miss Athletics. Our programs and our university are stronger for his service to Rebel Nation. Under Ross’s direction, we won SEC and national championships and improved our athletics facilities significantly while, at the same time, our student-athletes have achieved unprecedented success in the classroom. I’ve enjoyed working with Ross a great deal, and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Bjork also released a statement through Ole Miss:
“We will forever cherish our time at Ole Miss and in Oxford. I want to thank Dan Jones, Archie Manning and Mike Glenn for giving me the opportunity to be an Ole Miss Rebel in 2012. I am proud of the athletics accomplishments and the infrastructure improvements we were able to achieve during the last seven years, but I am most proud of our student-athletes. They always believed they could achieve greatness in the classroom, and now Ole Miss Athletics has the highest grade point average, graduation rates and APR scores in the history of the program. Despite some challenges along the way, Ole Miss is a great place, and I appreciate all of the support that every Chancellor has provided and especially my strong relationship with Larry Sparks. We have built lifelong friendships and will always revere our time as Rebels.”