Ross Bjork, University of Mississippi Director of Athletics, will speak at the New Horizons Credit Union 1st & 10 Club on Sept. 29 at Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile, AL beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Bjork, the seventh full time Director of Athletics at Ole Miss was hired in 2012 and is the youngest Athletic Director among Power Five Conference institutions. In two short years, Bjork’s tenure with the Rebels has produced energetic hires, structural progress, team success, and a new spirit surrounding Ole Miss Athletics.
Ole Miss has accumulated an unprecedented amount of support under Bjork. In 2013, Ole Miss set new single-season records for football attendance and season ticket sales, and six out of the seven Rebels’ home games were sellouts. During the 2012-2013 season, 810,000 fans attended home events, with football and baseball recording the second-best attendance record in school history. Under Bjork, eight Rebel programs have earned postseason berths, including two bowl victories, and a semifinals appearance in the College World Series.
Prior to Ole Miss, Bjork was the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Western Kentucky University (WKU). During his tenure, WKU’s football program posted the greatest one-season improvement in conference wins in the history of the Sun Belt with a 7-1 league mark and a second-place conference finish. Furthermore, for the first time in WKU’s program history, the overall cumulative average GPA was over 3.0 for all 391 student-athletes and 228 maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and higher.
The youngest athletics director of the 120 NCAA FBS programs when hired at WKU, Bjork has an extensive career in intercollegiate athletics with two decades of experience as an administrator and student-athlete, having worked on the senior staffs at UCLA, the University of Miami, and the University of Missouri. He began his administrative career at WKU in 1996 as Assistant Development Coordinator.
Bjork, a native of Dodge City, Kan. is married to his wife Sonya. The couple has two sons, Payton Ross and Paxton Ross.
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