By Ray Hamill — Humboldt State interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins has informed the school’s sports department that Friday will be his final day in charge.
Robins has been overseeing the department in an interim role for the past two years, and has been heavily criticized during his time in charge, most notably after axing the school’s football program last year.
Earlier this month the school announced the search for a full-time AD had been ended but would be re-launched in the future after new school president Tom Jackson, Jr., takes over, and that a new interim AD would be named before the end of the month.
In an email to the department on Monday, Robins said there would be an official announcement before the end of the day that his “last day in the office will be Friday.”
HSU released a press release on Monday afternoon, making the news official.
The press release reads …
University Announces Leadership Change in Athletics
Duncan Robins, who has been HSU’s Interim Athletic Director for the last two years, will conclude his service in the position at the end of June.
Robins led Intercollegiate Athletics through a difficult period that included budget reductions and program changes. He has been instrumental in efforts to enhance support for intramural and club sports, as well as the Marching Lumberjacks, by incorporating them into the Athletics program. He has also maintained a clear focus on academic and other support for student-athletes.
“Duncan has always focused on doing what is best for the students and for HSU, and I am extremely grateful for his efforts,” said HSU President Lisa Rossbacher. “He stepped into the interim position at a challenging time, and I appreciate the experience, resourcefulness, and student-focus he brought to the role.”
A search process to fill the Athletics Director position on a permanent basis recently concluded, without the position being filled. Information about plans for leadership within Athletics is expected to be shared in early July.