January 02, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Mark Rountree, deputy athletic director at Miami of Ohio since early 2013, has been named athletic director at Portland State.

Rountree will join the Vikings on Jan. 28, the school announced Friday.

He takes over for Valerie Cleary, the school's interim AD after Torre Chisholm resigned to pursue other opportunities last October.

Rountree is no stranger to Oregon, having served as associate athletic director for compliance at Oregon State from 2004-08. After that, he was senior associate athletic director for internal operations at Georgetown.

Rountree will be charged with turning around the Portland State football team, which has had just one winning season in the last eight years, and starting construction on a $44 million project to upgrade the Vikings' athletics center.

The Vikings won 28 conference team championships and made 17 NCAA postseason appearances since 2003.

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