Ross Bjork is prepared to tackle a new venture in his role as the Athletic Director at Ohio State.

However, with 18 seasons dedicated to elevating the Buckeyes’ athletic program, Smith is poised to retire on June 30. Bjork is anticipated to sustain the high standards of Ohio State athletics during his tenure in Columbus.

“As the very first hire under new OSU president Ted Carter, my goal is to ensure I don’t make any missteps,” remarked Bjork.

Having spent over a decade in the Southeastern Conference at Texas A&M and Ole Miss, Bjork is well-versed in the evolving landscape of athletics, particularly with the dynamics of name, image, and likeness, as well as the transfer portal.

During Bjork’s leadership, A&M’s athletic department achieved the seventh-highest revenue in the NCAA for the 2022-23 academic year, as reported by USA TODAY. Notably, since the implementation of NIL, the Aggies have been proactive in securing talent, backed by robust support from boosters.

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