Ohio State’s Pat Chun accepts FAU AD job

Rolando Rosa

Add another Midwest hire to the list for FAU.

Ohio State Senior Associate Athletic Director Pat Chun will be the next athletic director at FAU, according to Owl Access. Chun replaces Craig Angelos, the AD since 2003, who was fired in March.

Chun is now the third major Midwest arrival in 2012 (Nebraska’s Carl Pelini and Kellie Lewis-Jay are now FAU head coaches for football and women’s basketball). Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis (Miami University), wide receivers coach Jeff Sims (Indiana University), and linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt (University of Northern Iowa), also hail from the Midwest.

Chun worked at Ohio State for 14 years, holding numerous titles, including ones dealing with “development, endowment building, strategic planning, management, and leadership,” according to Ohio State’s website.

While there, Chun helped fundraising increase by 20 percent every year for the athletic department: a total of $117.8 million over three years.

Chun was also in charge of “development, ticketing, fan experience and promotions,” and others, according to his bio on the university’s site.

Complaints often linked to FAU’s former AD, Angelos, involved a lack of fundraising and an inability to make money, sources told the UP when he was let go.

His interim replacement, Melissa Dawson also expressed concerns about the next hire being able to raise money.

“I think we need somebody who can fundraise and market our programs,” she told the UP in April. “I think that’s an area we can definitely do better.”

Chun is a native of Strongsville, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in 1997.

An introductory press conference may happen as soon as Monday. Stay tuned to upressonline.com and @upressonline for full coverage.