Mizzou Athletics Eliminates Two High-Level Positions

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The University of Missouri athletic department has eliminated two upper-level positions and terminated Mizzou deputy AD for administration Andy Humes and executive associate AD for Tiger Scholarship Fund Ashley Moore, per a department email obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that first-year athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois sent out Tuesday evening.

Mizzou doesn’t plan to eliminate any other positions, the email read and a university source confirmed Wednesday.

As reported by the Post-Dispatch, the terminations come after Reed-Francois took over the department in August — one that’s operated at a budget deficit for the last five years. In May 2020, in response to the pandemic, the athletics department cut $5 million from its budget with layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions. The department cut spending by $15 million to 20 million overall for the last fiscal year.

Reed-Francois, Mizzou's first woman athletic director, came to Columbia after athletics administration stints at eight other campuses.

Humes came to Mizzou in 2018 from San Diego State, where he worked under former Tigers AD Jim Sterk. He oversaw the compliance department along with athletics dining services and the school’s tennis facility, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Moore, a former Mizzou softball player, took over as director of the Tiger Scholarship Fund in 2013 and was promoted to her most recent role in 2018. She oversaw a 14-member staff, the department’s primary fundraising team, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Senior associate AD Greg Hulen, the department’s chief revenue officer whom Reed-Francois hired from Florida State, will continue leading MU’s revenue team.

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