IUPUI athletic director resigning after 19 years

IUPUI Director of Athletics Michael Moore plans to step down Aug. 14 after 19 years in the position, the university announced Wednesday.

The university said it will launch a national search for a successor.

Under Moore, IUPUI's athletics program jumped from the NCAA Division II level to NCAA Division I and expanded from nine sports teams to 18.

IUPUI said Moore also played a key role in the university's branding change from the Metros to the Jaguars, which coincided with the program’s jump to Division I athletics and entrance into the Summit League in 1998.

“We thank Mike for his many contributions and dedicated service to IUPUI and our athletics programs,” IUPUI Chancellor-select Nasser Paydar said in a written statement. “We especially appreciate his efforts toward improving our student-athletes’ academic success, reflecting our highest priority at IUPUI.”

IUPUI athletes recently recorded a 13th straight semester with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Jaguars’ spring 2015 GPA of 3.32 was the highest mark in the program’s history.

"I’m particularly proud of the academic achievements we’ve attained and I’m proud of our accomplishments on the playing fields," Moore said in a written statement. "I’m confident the groundwork has been laid for sustained success for IUPUI Athletics.”

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