The Cougars have found Bill Moos’ successor. Patrick Chun comes to WSU from Florida Atlantic and will be introduced as athletic director in a news conference on Wednesday.
Washington State has found a successor to replace Bill Moos.
After a three-month long search, WSU is expected to announce its hire of Patrick Chun as athletic director.
News of Chun’s hire was first reported by Kyle Bonagura of ESPN, and the Seattle Times confirmed the information per a source. A news conference scheduled Wednesday was postponed because of the death of quarterback Tyler Hilinski.
Chun comes to WSU from Florida Atlantic, where he has been the athletic director since 2012.
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Chun brings a strong fundraising history — something that WSU President Kirk Schulz stressed was important in any potential athletic director hire. It’s a skill that’s essential for WSU’s long-term athletic success because the Cougars’ athletic department closed last fiscal year with a projected $8.5 million budget deficit, and prior to last year, ran deficits of more than $10 million for three-consecutive years.
At FAU, Chun secured a $16 million donation from the Schmidt Family Foundation that was the largest single gift in school history, and went toward the construction of a new athletics facility. In August 2013, FAU signed a 10-year agreement with Learfield Sports as its exclusive corporate sponsorship sales unit in a deal that’s expected to generate $25 million in revenues.
Chun also spearheaded the procurement of donations to help fund a new FAU academic center, a tennis complex, the addition of sand volleyball courts, and the renovation of FAU’s soccer field.
Prior to his term at FAU, Chun spent 15 years at Ohio State, where he was involved in development, endowment building, strategic planning, management and…