University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman made it official late Thursday morning that Shawn Eichorst has been named as the successor to Athletic Director Tom Osborne. Eichorst, announced his resignation as A.D. at the University of Miami earlier and will join the University of Nebraska Oct. 9 as a special assistant to the chancellor, and will succeed Osborne as director of intercollegiate athletics when Osborne becomes athletic director emeritus on Jan. 1.
“After consideration of a large number of candidates, I was impressed with Shawn’s credentials and experience but more importantly his respect for and appreciation of the tradition of the Nebraska athletics program,” Perlman said. “He expressed from the onset his hope to draw on the experience and knowledge of Tom Osborne and the rest of the current staff in working to continue the department’s success both on and off the field.”
Eichorst, who will be formally introduced during a press conference next Tuesday, released a statement that read: “It is truly an honor and privilege to be a part of one of the great universities in America and one of the strongest athletic departments in all of college sports who has the welfare of its student-athletes at the heart of everything they do. I am humbled by both the responsibility and opportunities that lie ahead and I hope to carry on the rich tradition of Husker excellence set by Coach Osborne and so many others.”
Eichorst’s salary has been set at $973,000. His contract is for five years. It provides for a substantial financial penalty if he leaves UNL within the five-year period and a $750,000 payment by the university if he stays for five years.
AUDIO: UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman announces Shawn Eichorst will be new NU AD [27 min.]