Governor holds Nebraska leadership responsible for AD Trev Alberts’ departure


Governor holds Nebraska leadership responsible for AD Trev Alberts’ departure

Governor Jim Pillen expressed his disappointment with Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts’ decision to leave for the same position at Texas A&M. He called for the university’s board of regents to act swiftly in filling the vacant leadership positions following Alberts’ departure.

Pillen, who played football for the Cornhuskers in the late 1970s, issued a statement less than a day after Alberts’ announcement. He expressed his confusion over Alberts’ reasons for leaving and emphasized the need to focus on finding new leadership rather than reflecting on past failures.

Alberts had signed a contract extension just four months prior, with a salary of $1.7 million this year and a promise of adjustments to keep him among the top three highest-paid Big Ten athletic directors. The terms of his contract at Texas A&M were not disclosed.

Neither Alberts nor the university has commented on his departure. In previous interviews, Alberts had expressed frustration over the lack of a permanent president to replace Ted Carter, who left for Ohio State in August. Alberts worked closely with Carter on important projects, such as hiring a new football coach and planning a stadium renovation.

Governor Pillen criticized the university’s elected leaders for failing to appoint permanent leadership during the 206 days since Carter’s departure. He urged them to support Interim President Chris Kabourek in swiftly appointing a new athletic director to end the uncertainty surrounding the university’s leadership.

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