Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UIS athletic director Jehlicka to resign in August

University of Illinois Springfield Director of Athletics Rodger Jehlicka, who oversaw the athletic program’s jump from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to NCAA Division II, has submitted his resignation effective Aug. 15.

UIS hired Jehlicka, 63, in December 2005.

In a two-line resignation letter to UIS Chancellor Harry Berman dated Jan. 21, 2011, Jehlicka wrote, “Please accept this as my written notification that I will be resigning from my position as Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois-Springfield affective (sic) August 15, 2011. Thank you.”

Jehlicka was out of the office due to illness Tuesday and unavailable for comment.

UIS spokesman Derek Schnapp referred questions relating to the reasons behind the resignation to Jehlicka.

“It would be wrong or inappropriate to speak on his behalf,” he said.

The story was published in a February 16, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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