|Marie Tuite Named Interim Director of Athletics|
----- San José State University President Mo Qayoumi appointed Marie T. Tuite as
interim athletics director effective immediately, replacing Tom Bowen, who has
resigned to become athletics director at the University of Memphis.
"Tom Bowen did a spectacular
job building a team of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators who
elevated our athletics program to a new level," President Qayoumi said. "We are
in great shape, and look forward to the future success of Spartan Athletics."
Tuite joined SJSU in June
2010, and served as deputy director for internal operations and chief operating
officer for Spartan Athletics. She has a long professional history at the
Division I level with leadership positions at the University of California, the
University of Washington, and the NCAA.
"I'm excited and honored
that President Qayoumi has asked me to serve as interim athletics director,"
Tuite said. "I love San José State University, and I strongly believe in the
foundation we have created. Tom Bowen did a remarkable job of developing
and managing the framework that promotes San José State to be a successful NCAA
Football Bowl Subdivision program. My task, along with our coaches,
staff, student-athletes and supporters is to continue the momentum established
during Tom's tenure."
During Bowen's tenure, SJSU
posted conference championship, post-season or nationally-ranked top-10 teams
in nine of 16 sports; produced conference or regional coaches of the year in
seven sports; dramatically improved its NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores;
balanced the athletics department budget; increased giving to Spartan
Foundation; and announced the addition of a 17th intercollegiate sport, women's
track, in 2013.
"I am grateful and indebted
to the student-athletes, coaches, athletics staff, Spartan Foundation members,
faculty, community leaders and Spartan fans who made the last
seven-and-one-half years a journey that I will always remember," Bowen said.
"Former SJSU President Don Kassing gave me the opportunity to build a program
as the athletics director. Phenomenal people embraced our culture of champions
and joined me in challenges and initiatives that resulted in amazing changes at
San José State. These changes and growth need to continue."
San José State - Silicon Valley's largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees - is part of the California State University system. SJSU's 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation's 10th largest city.