Sep 3, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard watches the Cyclones pregame warmups for their game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State has extended Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard’s contract through 2024, the school announced on Tuesday. Pollard has served as ISU’s Director of Athletics since 2005 and is the third longest tenured AD in the Big 12.
Pollard will be the longest tenured AD in school history upon reaching the end of the extension.
“I am very grateful to Dr. Leath for providing me the opportunity to continue in a role that I absolutely cherish,” Pollard said in the release. “The Iowa State community has been a terrific home for our family and this extension means we can keep building on the positive momentum that our coaches, staff and student-athletes have created. I am more excited about the future of Cyclone Athletics today than I have ever been.”
According to the release, Pollard has re-shaped the athletics department during his 11 years in Ames, citing raised performance in the Big 12 and nationally, excelled performance in the classroom, new and renovated facilities totaling more than $160 million and new attendance records in nearly every sport as evidence to Pollard’s accomplishments.
“Jamie is an exceptional leader who shares my vision for elevating the profile of Iowa State as a university known for excellence. His tenure is marked with unprecedented achievement and enthusiasm for Cyclone Athletics – both in competition and in the classroom. More importantly, Jamie has led this success with integrity, doing things the right way – the Cyclone Way,” Iowa State President Steven Leath said in the release. “I am delighted that Jamie has agreed to serve another seven years as director of athletics. He recently outlined several major initiatives for the athletics department. This extension helps solidify the execution of that ambitious plan and an exciting future for Cyclone Nation.”