Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther retiring
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther announced his retirement Monday morning, the university said in a press release. Guenther will complete his contract through June 30 after spending 19 years on the job.
"After giving considerable thought I have made the decision not to extend my contract as athletic director and will retire on July 1, 2011," Guenther said. "For the last several months, I have been working with Chancellor (Bob) Easter and administration on a succession plan for my position. A search committee is being formed and will begin work immediately to find my successor.
"I am confident an outstanding leader can be in place by mid- to late summer.''
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