WSU will introduce new athletic director Tuesday

WSU will introduce new athletic director Tuesday

Washington State University will officially introduce its new athletic director Tuesday in Pullman.

Patrick Chun will serve as the 14th athletic director in school history; he takes over the role vacated by Bill Moos last fall.

Chun is the first Asian-American to serve as athletic director for a power 5 school. He comes to WSU from Florida Athletic University, where he served for five and a half years. Before that, he worked at Ohio State University for 15 years.

“This is a game-changing day for our athletics program,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “We were focused on finding a leader with the right blend of experience, vision, and passion to lead Cougar athletics to the next level of success. In Pat, we’re confident we found that person. His achievements in fundraising, boosting the academic success rate of student athletes, and building strong relationships with the community – on-and off-campus – are exemplary.”

WSU cites Chun’s reputation for fundraising and facility improvements.

Chun is an Ohio native with a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Duquense University. He and his wife have three daughters.

Chun was hired by WSU last week and was supposed to be introduced on campus Wednesday. The university canceled that announcement after the death of Cougar quarterback Tyler Hilinski.

WSU will officially introduce Chun Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.