In a release Friday afternoon, Murray State University announced the resignation of director of athletics Allen Ward.

Women’s golf coach Velvet Milkman was named the interim athletic director and a permanent choice will be found with a national search.

Ward’s last day will be July 27.

“I want to thank Allen for his outstanding leadership of our athletics program. He has instilled in our student-athletes a desire to succeed in all aspects of life, but most importantly in the classroom,” Murray State President Bob Davies said in a press release. “I sincerely appreciate his service to Murray State University and I wish him all the success in his next venture. I will miss his professionalism and his friendship.”

Ward has been a part of 39 Ohio Valley Conference titles during his tenure at Murray State, including numerous national tournament appearances.

“It’s been an honor to serve as Director of Athletics at Murray State,” Ward said in the release. “I’m humbled by the success we’ve achieved and all we’ve been able to accomplish together as a team for the past 13 years. Racer Nation will always hold a special place in my heart.”

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