Schaus and Amy Dean

Jim Schaus, above left, is leaving his position as OU director of athletics to take the job of commissioner of the Southern (Athletic) Conference. Amy Dean, above right, will serve as interim AD while the university seeks a permanent replacement for Schaus. Provided photos.


Amy Dean has been named interim director of Ohio University Athletics effective July 1. This news follows Jim Schaus’ announced plans to step down from his role as director of athletics effective June 30, according to an OU news release.

Schaus, who was named OU athletics director on April 7, 2008, under then President Roderick McDavis, the release said, “helped lead Bobcat athletes to unprecedented levels of championship success, academic excellence and national prominence.”

In the release, current OU President M. Duane Nellis, said, “I am grateful to Jim for his years of service and dedication to Ohio University. With news of his new role as commissioner of the Southern Conference, we celebrate Jim’s many successes, including the Bobcat men’s basketball team’s appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16, the football team traveling to six bowl games in the past seven years, and successful fundraising efforts to build Walter Fieldhouse and the Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center. I wish Jim all the best as he embarks upon the next phase in his career.”

As he prepares for his next venture, Schaus reflected – as worded in the news release – “on his accomplishments at OU with fondness and gratitude.”

“It has been an amazing 11 years as athletic director at OHIO. We have accomplished much and had a lot of fun doing it thanks to a great team of people on and off our campus who are committed to Ohio University,” Schaus said in the release. “True success is always about people, and I have worked with and served the very best… I am very thankful to President emeritus McDavis and President Nellis as two outstanding presidents that I have served during my time in Athens. Ohio University and Athens will always have a special place in our hearts. And, as you know, it’s always a great day to be a Bobcat!”

Dean, who was named deputy athletic director in 2016, began working at OU in 1999.

“Amy has provided strong leadership to OHIO Athletics throughout her tenure with university,” Nellis said in the release. “She has played a pivotal role related to developing policy and recruiting staff, and I greatly appreciate her partnership and guidance through this transition.”

OU will begin a national search for its next athletic director in the coming weeks, according to the release.

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