It's the final week of work at UW-La Crosse for Director
of Athletics Josh Whitman....as he'll depart to take
the same position at Washington University in Saint
Whitman's final day at U-W-L is Thursday.
This evening folks gathered for a send-off at Howie's.
Taking over his big desk in Mitchell Hall starting
next Monday is current Deputy Director of Athletics
Kim Blum...as she'll become U-W-L interim director
of athletics for the upcoming school year.
It's been a little hectic to say the least.
But we're making progress on passing the torch.
So it's a little sad but yet it's exciting.
I just couldn't be more excited for her and for the
I think the university made a great decision with
respect I have to handle the transition.
She's been involved in athletics now for almost 20
years at a very high level position.
She's worked very closely with me over the last four
Been involved in every significant decision we've
To walk around a room like this and have so many people
show up just to talk with you before you leave, I
think it really hits home the opportunity that I've
had here as the athletic director.
I hope I impacted a lot of people and made a positive
difference in some people's lives and hopefully our
It's very humbling, very humbling.
It really is like one of our family members is leaving
so that is kind of sad.
But the rest of us are still here and we'll go forward
the best that we can.