This statement was just issued from Portland State.
August 27, 2014 — Athletics Director Michael “Torre” Chisholm will be leaving PSU to pursue other career opportunities. Chisholm and administration are developing a plan to insure a smooth transition leading up to his last day, October 31.
“I’ve truly enjoyed my time at PSU,” said Chisholm, “and I have been fortunate to work with outstanding staff and coaches. Together, we achieved unprecedented academic and athletic success for the University. I will always be a fan of the University and its athletics program, and I especially look forward to coming back for the opening of the Viking Pavilion.”
Chisholm came to PSU in May 2007. His seven-plus years make him the Vikings longest tenured athletic director since moving to NCAA Division I. Under Chisholm’s leadership, PSU has won 21 conference or conference tournament championships, including first-ever trips to the NCAA Tournament for men’s and women’s basketball. He led an overhaul of academic support services for student-athletes, leading to the best Graduation Success Rate and Academic Performance Ratings (APR) scores across the program, most recently exhibited by the men’s basketball team being honored among the nation’s top 10 percent in academics.
“I’ve been working closely with Torre since I arrived six years ago,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel. “He’s been a great partner and a strong student advocate. He will be missed, but I understand his desire to move closer to family, and we all wish him the best of luck.”
PSU athletics has undergone significant capital improvements during Chisholm’s tenure. He has overseen numerous facilities improvements including plans for the new Viking Pavilion, a 5,000 seat multi-purpose arena and student education building.
In order to realize these projects, Chisholm had to lead unprecedented growth in Athletic fundraising including the four largest gifts in program history of $5 million, $4 million, $2.5 million, and $2 million. Additionally, he has overseen a 60 percent growth in athletic scholarship support, facilitated in part by increased annual and special event fundraising.
“By leaving now, I can help facilitate a smooth transition for my successor, ensuring that the program continues to grow towards its full potential,” stated Chisholm, “I am confident that I leave PSU Athletics a better program than when I arrived. There is great opportunity for the next AD.”
The search for a new athletic director will begin this fall.
About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum. (www.pdx.edu)