Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork has a lot of fund-raising experience. He didn't say that because of his background there will be no bumps in replacing Danny White, but he's confident of a smooth transition.
White was announced as the new athletics director at Buffalo earlier today. At 32 he becomes the youngest AD in the football bowl subdivision, which was better described as Division I before it was changed.
White was a candidate for the Ole Miss job when Bjork was hired.
Bjork says he's already received phone calls about the opening as Foundation director.
There will be a national search for White's successor, but there's no timeline presently to fill the position.
“I want to sit down with Danny when he gets back and understand his timeline,” Bjork said.
“When he gets back on the plane, he'll work on a transition list. We'll have a chance to sit down and talk. We'll make contact around the country and figure out a timeline at that point. We want to fill it as soon as we can, but we also want to figure out Danny's transition.”
The school has raised slightly more than $63 million in its on-going capital campaign to build a new basketball arena and renovate the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“The most high level of conversations I'm aware of. There will be others where I'll need to meet with that individual, or Danny and I, whatever it takes to make that connection. I'll be brought up to speed in the transition. It will accelerate my learning curve.”