University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn resigns

5:54 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - Mike Bohn, the athletic director for the University of Colorado, resigned on Tuesday.

The resignation is effective June. 3

"Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change," University of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said. "We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men's and women's basketball, helping us to join the Pac-12 Conference, and in taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at CU-Boulder. We wish him well."

DiStefano will appoint a search committee in the coming days to search nationally for Bohn's successor. 

"The university will be seeking 'a dynamic leader' as athletic director - someone who 'can focus on our key goals of fundraising, building a dynamic organization, and creating long-term sustainability in the athletics mission,'" according to a press release.

"We are seeking a talented leader who can build on Mike's vision and make it a reality," DiStefano said.

An employee from the CU Athletics Department sent 9NEWS a copy of an email from Bohn to his staff.

The email reads in part: "Regrettably, I am resigning as Athletic Director effective immediately. I believe it is best given the current circumstances. They want to go in a different direction and that is their prerogative."

The email goes on to say: "I want to ensure you know, as my official separation agreement states, that I have not engaged in any impropriety, NCAA rule violations, university policy violation or any immoral, dishonest, or other sort of misconduct."

Bohn was introduced as just the fifth full-time athletic director in University of Colorado history on April 13, 2005, returning to the surroundings where he starred as a prep athlete before embarking on a journey that would take him all over the western half of the United States and finally back home.

Bohn came to Colorado from San Diego State University, where he worked for 18 months as the Aztecs' director of athletics. He agreed to a five-year contract with the Buffaloes and was rewarded quickly for his initial efforts, as in November 2007 he received an extension through the 2011-12 academic year. Then in August 2011, the Board of Regents and the Chancellor extended his contract another five years into 2017.

He replaced Jack Lengyel, who served as interim athletic director for five months after Dick Tharp stepped down in November 2004 after holding the position since 1996.

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