University of Memphis names new athletic director

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis has announced a new athletic director.

Laird Veatch, who is a 25-year veteran in intercollegiate athletics, was the executive associate athletics director for internal affairs at the University of Florida since July 2017, according to a press release from the University of Memphis.

Tom Bowen stepped down in May, and Veatch, 47, will now take over for interim athletic director Allie Prescott.

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While in Gainesville, Veatch was in charge of capital improvement projects, event operation, facilities and strength and conditioning. He won’t be there for Florida’s $85 million standalone football facility, but he oversaw the project.

Veatch was at Kansas State for seven years, serving as deputy athletic director and interim director of athletics.

There, he oversaw construction for more than $210 million in new facility projects.

In 2016, Veatch made the College AD’s “Next Up” list. He will be introduced by the university on Aug. 13.

University of Memphis President Dr. David Rudd released the following statement -- 

"Laird's a perfect fit for the University and our City... As a former student-athlete, he brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience at some of the nation's leading athletic departments, along with a strong vision for the future, a keen understanding of a rapidly changing landscape, unparalleled integrity and energy, and a commitment to competing at the highest level."

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