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Penn AD Bilsky to retire

<p>University of Pennsylvania athletic director Steve Bilsky will retire on June 30, 2014.</p>

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Pennsylvania athletic director Steve Bilsky will retire on June 30, 2014.

The school made the announcement on Thursday.

"It has been a privilege to serve for 20 years as the director of athletics of my alma mater," Bilsky said in a statement."I am proud of our many achievements for which I would like to thank the coaches, staff and student- athletes whom I have had the honor and pleasure to represent. My association with Penn over many decades is responsible for many of the wonderful personal and professional joys I have had in my life."

During his tenure, Bilsky has been behind a series of projects aimed to provide state-of-the-art athletic and recreational facilities for the entire campus, including the development of Penn Park.

Penn has won 71 Ivy League championships with Bilsky at the helm of the department.

Bilsky was an All-Ivy guard on Penn's basketball team from 1969-71.

"For decades now, Steve Bilsky has lived and loved Penn athletics and the university has been incomparably the better for it," said Penn president Amy Gutmann in a statement. "The continuing success of so many of our teams and our student-athlete alumni speaks volumes to what Steve has achieved in his years at Penn. He has been one of the most distinguished and admired leaders of his profession and a wonderful ambassador for our institution."

The school will form a committee tasked with selecting Bilsky's successor.

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