Gators hire Executive Associate AD

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

Laird Veatch, who played a key role in the continued growth and development of the Kansas State athletics program in his role as Deputy Athletics Director, was named Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs at the University of Florida, UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin announcedTuesday..

Veatch brings 23-plus years of experience in intercollegiate athletics to Gainesville, including the past seven as Deputy Athletics Director (2016-Present), Executive Associate Athletics Director (2013-15), Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Initiatives (2012-13) and Associate Athletics Director for Capital Support at his alma mater, Kansas State University.

He will succeed Chip Howard, who has been at Florida since 1989 and announced last month he is leaving this summer to become chief operating officer of Tailgate Guys. Veatch begins at UF on July 1.

Veatch will lead the Operations and Maintenance departments, and will assist the athletic director with administrative oversight of UF Football program. He will provide leadership and direction for mid and long-range major facilities and capital projects. Laird will also work with constituents on campus and in the UF community, and will serve as liaison to various UF departments.

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