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Now Hiring: Deputy Athletic Director!

This week marks the official beginning of Desiree Reed-Francois’ time as the Athletic Director of Mizzou Athletics. While the new AD has promised cultural change is coming to Columbia, we can already be sure that literal change is already on its way, specifically in the personnel department. Before her first day, Reed-Francois is already down a deputy AD, as Ryan Alpert has left the school to take a similar position at the University of Tennessee.

In his second stint at Mizzou, Alpert was tasked with developing revenue streams and oversaw the department’s fundraising office, the Tiger Scholarship fund, as well as ticketing and marketing. He also served as the athletics department’s liaison for multimedia rightsholder Mizzou Sports Properties and the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Alpert previously worked at MU running the Tiger Scholarship Fund then spent two years at Florida Atlantic, working under AD Brian White.

It seems like Alpert was instrumental in the school’s fundraising efforts, but that also seems to be an area of DRF’s expertise, so maybe we shouldn’t be too worried? After all, how many of us even knew the Deputy AD’s name before today? (Editor’s note: I did!)

Anyway, Alpert’s move leaves DRF with some inter-departmental decisions to make before we start to see any fan-facing activity. Let’s hope the person she chooses revolutionizes Mizzou sports in the way she’s told us is expected.

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