Pat Chun interviews for Northwestern athletic director position

Chun has been WSU’s AD since January 2018



Chun would receive higher salary and move closer to hometown if hired.

AARIK LONG, Evergreen reporter

According to a recent report initially from Jon Wilner and “The Mercury News” in San Jose, two Pac-12 athletic directors, including WSU’s Pat Chun, have interviewed for the open athletic director position at Northwestern University.

The same report stated that a WSU spokesperson had declined to comment on the interview.

The final decision from Northwestern could be expected as early as seven to ten days from now, according to Wilner.

This contrasts from the report at the end of March that Chun had interviewed with Kansas, as it was made clear then that he had no intention of interviewing for that position.

Now, just over two weeks later, Chun’s name has made it back into the spotlight for the potential move.

Chun is an Ohio State graduate and former 15-year Ohio State employee. The Northwestern job would take him back to Big Ten country, while also potentially setting him up for the Ohio State job in the future.

Additionally, the job would put Chun under similar pressures but with more resources and a significantly higher salary.

On top of record-setting fundraising and the massive Gesa Credit Union deal, Chun has been responsible for hiring football’s Nick Rolovich, basketball’s Kyle Smith and Kamie Ethridge and baseball’s Brian Green, all of whom have done more than their part in beginning to turn their respective programs around.