Purdue University says athletic director Morgan Burke has announced plans to retire in July 2017.
The school said Burke made his plans known to university leaders more than a year ago and informed alumni at an event Thursday in Naples, Florida.
Purdue Board of Trustees chairman Michael Berghoff will lead a national search to find a new director. The school said the search committee also will include three former Purdue athletic greats: Indiana Fever head coach Stephanie White and former NFL players Rod Woodson and Matt Light.
Burke has led Purdue athletics since 1993, marking one of the longest tenures in Division I athletics. During his tenure, the 1999 women's basketball team and 2010 women's golf team won national titles and eight student-athletes captured a combined 14 individual national crowns. The football team played in 10 bowl games in 12 years from 1997-2008, and the men's basketball team won three straight Big Ten Conference regular-season championships in 1994-96.
The 1973 industrial management graduate was captain of Purdue’s swimming team his senior year. School officials said they’ll launch a national search for a replacement.