Longtime Purdue AD Morgan Burke dies
Former Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke has died, according to a report from WLFI. The news was reported on Monday.
No other details have been released.
Burke was a longtime athletic director at Purdue University, serving a 23-year run with the school. His tenure began in 1993 and ended in 2017, when he decided to retire. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-tenured AD in the B1G.
Mike Bobinski, Purdue’s current AD, took over after Burke stepped away.
Burke graduated from Purdue in 1973 with a degree in industrial management. He was also the captain of the swimming team during his senior year with the Boilermakers.
Burke was responsible for hiring head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter and head women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp, both are still with the Boilermaker programs. He also brought Joe Tiller to West Lafayette in 1997, and Purdue proceeded to earn bowl trips in 10 of the next 12 seasons.
Longtime #Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke has passed away. Burke spent 23 years as head of the department. Two teams won national titles under his guidance. Burke was a 1973 graduate of the university. pic.twitter.com/RpUbDUG13x
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