Leeder Declines Athletic Director Job at ATU

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Arkansas Tech University of Russellville said Thursday that Mike Leeder, who agreed in May to become the next director of athletics, has decided to remain in his current role as director of athletics at Georgia Southwestern State University. 

“Mr. Leeder called me and indicated he has received an offer from his current institution that he cannot turn down,” ATU President Robin E. Bowen said in a news release. “While we are disappointed that he will not be joining us at Arkansas Tech as planned, we respect his decision and his responsibility to do what is in the best interest of his family. We wish him the best in the future.”

Abby Davis will continue in the role of ATU interim director of athletics for the 2020-21 academic year. Davis, who is also head tennis coach at ATU, has served as interim director of athletics since Aug. 26, 2019. 

“Coach Davis has provided a steady hand of leadership for our athletics department,” Bowen said. “I appreciate her willingness to continue as our interim director of athletics as we prepare for the opportunities that await us during the upcoming year.”