Former Athletic Director Kevin Anderson speaks to Maryland athletes at "Kicking it with Kevin," an open forum held in the fall where athletes could voice their concerns and opinions about topics ranging from national politics to local College Park news (The Washington Post).

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson resigns from university

Following a six-month sabbatical, Kevin Anderson formally announced on Friday that he would be stepping down as athletic director of the University of Maryland.

“I’m grateful for all that Kevin has done to support our student-athletes to be successful in the classroom, on the field or court, and in life,” said UMD President Wallace Loh. “I wish him every success in his future endeavors. I know he’ll inspire many more student-athletes for years to come.”

Executive Director of Athletics Damon Evans has filled Anderson’s absence while on leave and will remain the interim AD while the university embarks on a national search for Anderson’s permanent replacement.

Anderson revealed in October of last year that he would be taking a professional leave of absence to focus his attention on student-athlete leadership development, similar to his open forum for Maryland athletes, “Kicking it with Kevin,” that took place last September.

In both his statement announcing his sabbatical and his letter to Intercollegiate Athletics, Anderson expressed interest in working on future projects involving activism and inclusion in collegiate athletics.

“As I look back on my time at Maryland, what I will cherish the most is the relationships built with our group of diverse and talented student-athletes,” Anderson said. “It is our purpose to serve them and though I am leaving my position as director of athletics, I will continue to follow my passion for developing and bettering the welfare of young men and women.”

Anderson had been with the university since 2010 and during his time as AD, he oversaw UMD’s transition to the Big Ten Conference. Since moving from the Atlantic Coast Conference, UMD has earned six national championships and 12 national championship appearances.

Anderson also used his position to improve the academic success of student-athletes and preparing them for a life after sports.

“The pride I felt watching them grow from their first day on campus to their walk across the stage to accept their diplomas is immense,” Anderson said. “I am excited and encouraged about the foundation that has been established to continue to achieve academic and competitive excellence.”

After leaving the ACC in 2014, Anderson led Maryland to the most regular season and conference championships within the conference in its first three years in the Big Ten.

The university has not yet announced a search firm for the nationwide interview process to fill the athletic director spot, and according to a university spokesperson, Evans is expected to be a candidate for the permanent position.