June 22, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Morgan Burke has been named the Under Armour AD of the Year for the Central Region of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
There are 29 honorees, from four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west - among seven categories - Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A); Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA); Division I (formerly Division I-AAA); Division II; Division III; NAIA; and Junior/Community Colleges, along with one International winner.
The other Football Bowl Division winners are Bob De Carolis of Oregon State (west), Lee Fowler of North Carolina State (southeast) and Jeff Hathaway of Connecticut (northeast).
The winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 24, at NACDA's 45th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
Under the leadership of Burke, Purdue student-athletes have excelled academically and athletically while developing into tomorrow's leaders.
Burke and his staff have coined the term "25/85 Club" to articulate a vision of an organization that achieves an average finish in the top 25 across all sports and has a Graduation Success Rate of 85 percent. That combination will place Purdue among the top six of 300-plus NCAA Division I programs.
In addition to numerous national and conference championships, Boilermaker student-athletes have an ongoing stretch of 25 consecutive semesters (through fall 2009) in which they have achieved a higher grade-point average than the overall student body. Purdue has been recognized for its Life Skills program and is committed to developing leadership skills.
As a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise, the athletics department receives no state or institutional financial support. Fund-raising is paramount for scholarships and facilities, and Purdue has raised $157 million over the past eight years.
Numerous facility upgrades have improved the campus landscape, including the renovation of Ross-Ade Stadium and the building of the Boilermaker Aquatic Center and Schwartz Tennis Center. Presently, a $99.5 million project is modernizing Mackey Arena and constructing a Student-Athlete Development Center that will benefit each of the university's nearly 500 student-athletes.
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