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BYU restructures athletic department

PROVO, Utah — Following a four-month, comprehensive review of BYU's athletic program, Advancement Vice President K. Fred Skousen announced Wednesday, Sept. 8, the consolidation of Men's and Women's Athletics into one athletic department.

The university is not renewing the contracts of Val Hale and Elaine Michaelis as men's and women's athletic directors, according to information provided by BYU. Sister Michaelis is planning to retire, and Brother Hale is pursuing other opportunities.

Brother Skousen said, "By having one athletic department, BYU will eliminate any duplication of time and resources, channeling all effort into one cohesive program. This new department will be based on a well-defined strategy, allowing for consistent budget management, consistent treatment of student athletes and clear accountability."

A formal search for an athletic director is not expected to begin for three to six months. "As we look to appoint a new athletic director, we will consider our strong internal candidates as well as qualified external candidates. When we are prepared to begin the search process, we will announce it to the general public."

For now, the new department will be led by a transitional leadership team under the direction of Brother Skousen.

The members of the leadership team are Peter Pilling, senior associate athletic director; Tom Holmoe, senior associate athletic director; Brian Santiago, associate athletic director; and Janie Penfield, associate athletic director.

Brothers Pilling and Holmoe will act as co-chairs of the transition team, reporting to Brother Skousen.

Speaking of the consolidation, Brother Skousen said, "Not only will this allow for consistency in our management functions, but also in our philosophy of sport. We expect to see greater emphasis on academics and the spiritual values of our student athletes, improved communication, better support for all coaches and sports, increased emphasis on fiscal management and improved unity and teamwork among all teams and department units."

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