Texas A&M will announce Ole Miss’ Ross Bjork as its athletic director on Friday, according to a source.
The 46-year-old Bjork, who has been at Ole Miss since 2012, will replace Scott Woodward who left for LSU last month after being at A&M since January 2016. The hire was first reported early Thursday night by the Dallas Morning News’ Ben Baby.
Bjork has a reputation for fundraising, making great hires, and handling tough situations.
Bjork helped the school raise millions to renovate Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and build The Pavilion which opened in 2016 for the basketball programs.
Bjork was lauded by his bosses for helping Ole Miss recover from the roller-coaster regime of football coach Hugh Freeze under which the Rebels had great success but they also received NCAA sanctions for a lack of constitutional control. Freeze eventually was fired in 2016 for violating a morals clause in his contract.
Along with Bjork promoting Ole Miss grad Matt Luke to replace Freeze, hired former men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis Jr.
Bjork received a contract extension in 2016 that paid him $650,000 per year with $100,000 academic and on-the-field performance incentives. He also changed his title from AD to vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics at the university.