Asst. Director for Athletic Development Bobby Jordan steps down

From Bearkat to Buckeye. Bobby Jordan is moving his Sam Houston State shirts to the back of the closet and making room for his new Ohio State University gear.After two years at SHSU, Jordan will make the transition to the Buckeye state at the end of the month. Sports Editor Christi Laney interviewed Jordan to get the inside scoop on why he’s making the move and where he sees the athletic program headed in the future. ———————-After leading the Bearkat athletics marketing team for nearly two years, Assistant Athletic Director for Development Bobby Jordan has announced he is leaving Sam Houston State to accept a position at Ohio State University.”I just got an opportunity that was too good to pass up,” Jordan said. “I enjoyed everybody in the [SHSU] athletic department, everybody in marketing and everybody on campus. I enjoyed working with everyone. I see the athletic department at Sam only going forward. With Bobby Williams and the leadership in the department, I only see good things in the future.”Jordan came to SHSU in August 2006 and during his time with the department, oversaw the introduction of several new marketing efforts that helped advance the department and expand the image of Bearkat athletics. “We did a lot of new things, like implementing a new ticket system and launching a new Web site, and we increased corporate sponsorship and licensing,” Jordan said of his time at SHSU. “Hopefully, I can look back and say the department is better off because of what we did. We accomplished a lot, but there are still things that can be done. There is a lot of potential to do great things at Sam.”According to Athletic Director Bobby Williams, the department has begun the process of hiring a new marketing director and hopes to name a replacement before the end of the semester.”Bobby has done a wonderful job,” Williams said. “He’s got a great opportunity to advance in his career. We’re going to miss him. He really made the department better in his time here.”Jordan, whose resignation is effective at the end of the month, says he is excited about becoming a part of the Buckeyes athletic department and the challenges his new position presents.”It will be exciting, and a challenge, but a great opportunity,” Jordan said. “I want to focus on growing not only the Columbus area but the whole state of Ohio.”Jordan was hired as athletic development coordinator at SHSU in 2006 and was promoted to assistant athletic director for development in May 2007. Before joining the Bearkat athletics staff, Jordan held positions in athletic develompent and marketing at Baylor University and Texas A&M University.

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