HOUSTON - Rice University Athletics Director Rick Greenspan announced today that he is leaving the university June 30 to expand his consulting business and explore other professional opportunities that have been presented to him.
"My experience at Rice has been both rewarding and challenging and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this exceptional institution," Greenspan said. "I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity and transparency."
Greenspan arrived at Rice in March of 2010.
During his three-year tenure, Rice broke ground on a new $8 million tennis facility and unveiled the plans for a $44.5 million fundraising campaign for a new football end zone facility.
"I want to thank Rick for his committed service to Rice during these past three years and wish him well in all future endeavors," Rice President David Leebron said.
Greenspan’s tenure was not without controversy. Sports Illustrated reported that a former assistant basketball coach and several players alleged Greenspan made several derogatory remarks towards them.
An internal investigation done by the university found no evidence of any wrong doing.
As for on the field, Rice just finished one of their most successful athletic academic years in recent memory. The Owls won championships in baseball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s swimming.
The university also celebrated a 33-14 football win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.