Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has announced that he is stepping down later this month after 16 years on the job.
Weaver has overseen the Hokies through two conference realignments and an array of facilities upgrades that include expansions to Lane Stadium, a $20 million basketball practice facility, and a new football facility that opened in 2010.
The 68-year old Weaver told the AP that he made the decision about four weeks ago and informed his senior staff on Monday.
Weaver’s contract ran through Dec. 31, 2015, but health issues forced his retirement.
In 2008, Weaver announced that he had Parkinson’s disease, and the physical effects of the disease has caused has numerous back and hip operations in recent years. He is scheduled to have both hips replaced in the near future.
“I’m not leaving at all in defeat,” Weaver said. “I feel like it’s the best thing for me and my family.”
Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said in a statement that Weaver expanded the program’s size, improved it on the field, and is leaving it on solid good shape financially.
“I regret to see him leave this role. However, this is a demanding job,” Steger said in the release. “Jim’s health precludes him from maintaining the same commitment and devotion he has shown since arriving here in 1997.”
Sharon McClockey, senior associate athletic director, will hold the position on an interim basis beginning Jan. 1.
Weaver told the AP that he will be part of the search committee for his replacement.
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