Lew Perkins, Kansas’ athletic director since 2003, will retire after the 2010-11 school year, the university said in a news release this afternoon.
Perkins, 64, has recently been embroiled in some controversy over a federal probe over illegal ticket sales by five former KU athletic department employees and an alleged blackmail scheme against Perkins by a former department employee. A KU investigation reported no wrongdoing Wednesday by Perkins.
“I have loved my time here at the University of Kansas and I will continue leading Kansas Athletics over the course of the next year,” Perkins said in a statement.
“At this time, my greatest priority is working on conference alignment issues, and as I’ve committed to the Chancellor, I will work tirelessly on these efforts. Conference alignment is the biggest challenge we have before us as an athletics department and an institution.”