June 21, 2012
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason King has accepted a position as Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects and Operations at the University of Wisconsin.
“Jason King has been an instrumental part of building the incredible facilities we now have at SIU,” said SIU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. “I will miss Jason’s tremendous work ethic and his passion, but I am happy for him and his family and wish him the best in his new position.”
King has been a vital part of Saluki Athletics since he joined the staff in 2001. After serving eight years as the Associate AD in charge of facilities and game operations, he was promoted to Senior Associate AD in the fall of 2010.
During his tenure in Carbondale, King was responsible for the supervision of SIU’s athletic facilities, including Abe Martin Field, Saluki Stadium, the Charlotte West Stadium softball complex, SIU Arena, the Saluki Track and Field Complex, the Donald Boydston Center and Lingle Hall as well as serving as the sport supervisor for Saluki baseball.
King has been involved in a number of major construction projects during his tenure at SIU, none more important than the $80 million Saluki Way campaign.
He was the driving force behind the Saluki Way project that featured a new football stadium, 50,000-square foot support facility and complete renovation of SIU Arena. King was SIU's point person between the contractors and architects and supervised the 18-month long construction process.
King was also responsible for overseeing of the design and construction of the $3.96 million Saluki Track and Field Complex that opened in 2012, the $3.4 million Troutt-Wittmann Academic and Training Center that opened in 2005 and the $1.7 million Charlotte West Stadium-Rochman Field that opened in 2003.
Some of the other projects he has overseen at SIU include the lighting of McAndrew Stadium, the renovation of football and men's and women's basketball locker rooms, and the installation of an AstroPlay football surface.
In his new position, King will be the lead administrator on all of Wisconsin’s major and annual capital projects as well as the facilities master plan. He will also serve as the athletic department's liaison to Facilities Planning and Management on campus. King will oversee the staffs of the food and beverage, facilities and custodial, event management and transportation services departments within Badgers Athletics and will serve as the Athletic Board Committee liaison to finance, facilities and operations.