Ryan Iva addressed Lumberjack Nation twelve days after offically taking the job as Athletic Director.
Iva was hired by the school after former AD Robert Hill announced his retirement earlier in the year. Ivey had previously been the AD at Austin Peay State University and Texas A&M Commerce.
"When we called Austin Peay and talked to their president, she told us, 'Ivey is the one employee she wishes she could keep,'" SFA President Baker Patillo said. "It was with that statement that we knew this is the guy we wanted."
Ivey joins a program that a month ago suspended their head football coach, Clint Conque for violating university policy. Ivey appeared to address the matter with the crowd despite not naming the suspended coach.
"Transparency will guide our actions while we build trust with or stakeholders by saying what we mean and doing what we say," Ivey said. "No matter how big or small the action may be."
Afterwords while addressing the media, Ivey said what little he could.
" It is important that our many stakeholders understand what is going on," Ivey said. "I understand that they are frustrated a little bit but there are some things legally we can and can't say other than there is an ongoing investigation."
Ivey helped start a program at Commerce that this past season won a national championship in football. Ivey understand what football and basketball mean to the region and hopes the school can use athletics to build to the number one mid-major program in the country.
"They are not just going to give it to us," Ivey said. "I have been in the Southland. They are competitive. They are not going to roll over for you. I think we can do it and should do it."
Ivey also talked about wanting to upgrade the facilities and fan experience.
"I want to," Ivey said. "I have not done much on it yet. right now it has been trying to figure out which hallway to go down to use the bathroom... We want to make this something for all our fans. We need to focus on the school and the community here and show we are invested. We will have something worth doing and seeing no matter your age. You can be a small child or an older adult."
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