CINCINNATI - Bob Arkeilpane has been named interim director of athletics at the University of Cincinnati, as announced by UC president Dr. Gregory Williams. Arkeilpane will serve in the position following the resignation of Mike Thomas, who was revealed on Wednesday as the new director of athletics at the University of Illinois.
"Bob Arkeilpane has my thanks for stepping up during this time of transition,” said Williams. “He has been a mainstay of the Athletics program throughout its recent success and will provide continuity of leadership throughout the interim period.”
Arkeilpane has been the deputy director of athletics at UC since December 2005, serving as the department's No. 2 administrator and overseeing its daily operations. He had previously worked for the UC Foundation from 1987 to 1991. Prior to returning to UC in 2005, Arkeilpane was the director of athletics at the University of Buffalo for five years.
Arkeilpane is a 1981 graduate of Syracuse University where he was a three-year starter on the football team. He earned his Master's degree at Ohio University while serving as a football graduate assistant coach. He began his athletic administration career at Buffalo where he was the director of annual giving from 1983 to 1985, then held an assistant director of athletics for development position at California State University-Fullerton until 1987. He then spent 14 years at UC before moving to an assistant director of athletics position at Miami University (Ohio).
"I am pleased to serve the University of Cincinnati in this important interim capacity. While leadership changes are always a time of uncertainty, they also present opportunities to reflect on and evaluate the direction of the program as the organization readies itself for new leadership," Arkeilpane said. "We have a veteran group of coaches and staff members, and I'm very confident the program we'll be in good hands."