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Jim Sterk, new Mizzou Athletic Director

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) —  On Tuesday, the University of Missouri announced it has hired San Diego State’s Jim Sterk as its new athletic director on a seven-year contract, and on Thursday, the university introduced the man and presented him with a Mizzou jersey at a news conference.

Interim Chancellor Hank Foley introduced Sterk.

“This is a destination spot. I would love to have a tenure of Mike Alden, if you’ll have me,” said Sterk.  “We don’t jump around. That’s not us. We made this decision to stay here long term and I have no intention of leaving, so you’re stuck with me.”

Jim Sterk

Jim Sterk

He will be paid a base salary of $700,000 and will start no later than Sept. 1. Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Sterk was exactly what Missouri needs as it replaces Mack Rhoades, who left for Baylor. Rhoades was at Mizzou less than two years, beginning his job in June 2015.

Sterk has spent the past six years at San Diego State, helping the school to what Missouri said was the most successful five seasons in SDSU’s athletic history — 32 team conference championships and the fourth-highest combined winning percentage in the country in football and men’s basketball.

The 60-year-old Sterk was also the AD at Washington State and has held positions at Portland State, North Carolina, Maine, Seattle Pacific and Tulane. The former football and basketball player is a 1980 graduate of Western Washington and received his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.

Sterk was recently honored as the AD of the year by National Association of College Director of Athletics and was selected to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

San Diego State has hired Jenny Bramer as interim AD.