CU tabs Texas Rangers executive as new athletic director

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Rick George (Photo:

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Almost two months after parting ways with former athletic director Mike Bohn and stating a desire to hire someone who could up the athletic department's fundraising efforts, the University of Colorado announced the hiring of Rick George on Wednesday.

George is currently serving as the president of business operations for the Texas Rangers major league baseball team. He is also a former Buffalo, having served as assistant athletic director for football operations at CU from 1987 to 1991.

In addition to his stints with the Rangers and CU, George also served as executive vice president and chief of operations for the PGA Tour, and has worked for the University of Illinois and Vanderbilt University at the collegiate level.

Shortly after reportedly encouraging Bohn to resign, CU chancellor Phil DiStefano said the university was seeking “a dynamic leader” for the vacant position could "focus on our key goals of fundraising, building a dynamic organization, and creating long-term sustainability in the athletics mission.”

DiStefano appeared convinced the university found that in George in his statement announcing the hire.

"Rick’s financial and management acumen, his networking and relationship development skills, and his enthusiasm, work ethic and principled leadership all make him the ideal leader for CU athletics at this important and challenging moment in our history," DiStefano wrote.

George will start at CU on Aug. 12, according to the press release. The university announced it would hold a press conference formally announcing George's hire at 2 p.m. Wednesday.