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New Wisconsin athletic director hire appears imminent; Board of Regents to meet Wednesday

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Statues of retiring University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, right, and former athletic director Pat Richter share the entrance to Kellner Hall at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet Wednesday morning to approve a contract for a new Badgers athletic director.

The board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday for a closed session to finalize the hiring process, according to an agenda sent to media members.

Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez is retiring at the end of June and Chancellor Rebecca Blank said she hoped to have a successor named by early June for the position running the $130 million athletics enterprise.

Longtime friend Ted Kellner gets up to speak about Barry Alvarez at the University of Wisconsin athletic director's retirement news conference at the Kohl Center on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

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A nine-person search committee met four times, most recently May 19, to consider candidates. The final decision rested with Blank.

The Board of Regents has to approve all athletics contracts valued over $500,000 annually. Alvarez was paid $1.55 million per year.

Alvarez, 74, announced his retirement plans on April 6. He arrived at UW in 1990 to rebuild a football program that had gone 9-36 over the previous four seasons. He stepped aside 15 seasons later with the most wins in program history (119), along with three Big Ten titles and three Rose Bowl victories, and was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

He took over from Pat Richter as athletic director in 2004.

This story will be updated.

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