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University of Idaho names new athletic director

Terry Lynn Gawlik comes to Idaho from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked for the past 25 years.

BOISE, Idaho — Vandal sports team have a new leader.

The University of Idaho named Terry Lynn Gawik as the school's new athletic director.

University President C. Scott Green made the announcement Wednesday in Boise.

“Terry Gawlik is a talented leader who brings vision, enthusiasm, experience and integrity to this position,” Green said. “We are thrilled to add someone with a decades-long track record of commitment to student-athlete success – in competition, in the classroom and in the community. She is the right leader for our Vandal Athletics program as we build a culture of excellence now and for many years to come. Terry has extensive experience in NCAA men’s and women’s athletics which has allowed her to develop a broad network of coaches and administrators that sets her apart.”

Gawik is taking over after Rob Spear was fired last year by the Idaho State Board of Education.

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Spear came under public scrutiny for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a Vandal football player in 2013.

Gawlik comes to Idaho from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she currently serves as senior associate athletic director for sports administration and is a member of the athletics division’s senior staff. She has worked in UW-Madison’s athletics division since 1994.

“I am very honored to accept this position and become a member of this great Vandal community,” Gawlik said. “My passion is developing people – our student-athletes, our coaches and our staff. Together we will continue to build championship programs. I know President Green has a great vision for this institution and for the athletic department. I will work every day to lead and help facilitate this vision.”

The Board of Education approved a five-year contract for Gawlik during a special meeting in Boise Wednesday.

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Gawlik’s annual base salary will be $200,000 per year. With incentives, which are based on academic and athletic performance, her salary could increase as high as $255,000 annually.

Gawlik’s contract at the University of Idaho begins September 1, 2019.

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