Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde announced Thursday he will step down from his position, effective July 1.
Van De Velde, who joined the Louisiana Tech athletics department in 2008 as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer and was promoted to athletics director in March 2010, will remain with the university in a non- administrative, support capacity through the term of his current contract, which ends in February 2014.
"My experience at Louisiana Tech has been both rewarding and challenging," said Van De Velde. "I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student-athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity, competitive and academic excellence within the athletic department."
Mary Kay Hungate, deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator, will serve as the interim athletics director until a replacement is named.