What they are saying about Ross Bjork

Via WKUSports.com:

Dan Guerrero, UCLA – Director of Athletics
“This is a great opportunity for Ross and we couldn’t be happier for him. During his four-plus years here at UCLA, we have seen measurable improvement in our fundraising, sponsorship and other revenue generating efforts. Recently, Ross has been a key component in the success of the Campaign of Champions for Pauley Pavilion.  As a member of my senior administration, Ross has proven to be well-versed in all of the various areas of an athletic program, including sport supervision, budgeting, marketing, donor relations and fundraising. He has worked hard to prepare himself for this opportunity and is ready to sit in the Athletic Director’s chair. He is a rising star in our business and I know that he will do a great job for Western Kentucky University.  We wish Ross and his family great success in this new endeavor.”

Wood Selig, WKU – Director of Athletics
“I congratulate Ross on his being named WKU’s next Director of Athletics.  I have known him for many years and have a great deal of respect for the impact that he has had everywhere he has been.  He has worked for some outstanding leaders in our profession, and I know he is ready for this great opportunity to lead WKU athletics.  I am very proud of all that we have accomplished in the last 10 1/2 years, and I am confident that Ross will enable WKU student-athletes and coaches to continue to produce a Championship Effort on a consistent basis and sustain our successes on and off the playing field.  Ross and his family will love this community, the community will greatly enjoy the Bjork family, and I wish them all the best.”

Mike Alden, University of Missouri – Director of Athletics
“I am a huge advocate of Ross Bjork and his family, and WKU has certainly hired a terrific person as their new Director of Athletics.  He has gained tremendous experience at Missouri, Miami and UCLA.  He has great leadership and team building skills and just has a great overview of college athletics in general.  He has great core values and will be focused and locked on to the student-athlete experience in a positive way.  Ross will be a terrific complement to Wood Selig and will be able to keep the momentum going following all the great things that Wood has accomplished and put in place.”

Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma – Director of Athletics
“I am a huge Ross Bjork fan, and I want to congratulate WKU, President Gary Ransdell, and those involved with making this decision.  They have really hired a person who will prove to be an outstanding leader.  He is very passionate about his role and responsibilities, stays true to his core values, and is a person of extremely high integrity and character.  I remember when we hired Ross at Missouri after he had previously been at WKU.  He started from scratch, totally transformed our development office, and annual giving and capital gifts reached an all-time high at that point for the University of Missouri.  I knew then that Ross was going to be very special and he has proven that again and again with each opportunity he has been given.  I am honored that I have had a chance to be a part of his career, and I feel a great deal of pride in his many accomplishments.  I wish him all the best at WKU.”

Frank Haith, University of Miami – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
“I have known Ross for many years and I have every confidence that he will be an outstanding athletic director for Western Kentucky.  He is a charismatic, high-energy professional with the dedication and passion integral for leading a department to even higher levels of achievement. Without a doubt, he is a “can-do” administrator who has shown he can make things happen in every job that he has held. He was instrumental in my getting an opportunity at the University of Miami, and from my personal experiences with Ross, I know he will be a great advocate for WKU’s student-athletes and coaching staff.”

Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri – Head Football Coach
“I’m very happy for Ross and his family; this is a great step in his career path.  I enjoyed working with him during his time at Mizzou; he was always someone I looked at as a problem-solver.  If there was an issue, he would roll up his sleeves and figure out a way to make it happen for the benefit of everyone.  He was a valuable part of our team at Mizzou, and I’m confident that he will do great things at Western Kentucky.  They have a person here with great integrity and passion for athletics, and for doing things the right way.”

Pat Battle, IMG College – Senior Corporate Vice President
“At IMG, we have had a long and positive relationship with both Ross and with Western Kentucky. I first knew of Ross when he was originally with WKU and have worked with him closely at Missouri, Miami, and UCLA.  He is a leader in collegiate marketing and development and will be a tremendous asset to Western Kentucky.  Ross is a rising star in the college athletics community, and I can’t imagine a better fit for both Ross and the University.”

Dutch Baughman, Executive Director – Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association
“On behalf of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association, it is a real pleasure to congratulate Western Kentucky University, and Ross Bjork, on his selection as the Director of Athletics.  We have been very impressed with Ross, as he has worked very hard to develop the necessary professional skills to be considered for this position.  Ross has earned the reputation and respect of our profession for his ability to lead an intercollegiate athletics department.  He displays a genuine and admirable balance between his professional ability and his personal character.”

Jonathan Lintner

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