The University of Maryland’s head athletics spokesperson said Monday he is leaving the school to become a deputy athletic director at George Mason University.
Zack Bolno has served as an athletic department spokesperson since coming to College Park in 2012. Bolno wrote in an email that he received the job offer earlier this summer.
“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity by [athletic director] Brad Edwards and George Mason University,” Bolno said in a statement. “The University is ascending at a rapid rate and has demonstrated excellence in higher education under the leadership of President [Ángel] Cabrera. The vision that Brad has for the athletic department and what the future holds is very exciting and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
As a deputy athletic director, Bolno will oversee a broader range of affairs at George Mason than he did at Maryland, including marketing and promotions, branding, special events and fundraising for the booster club. The move also allows Bolno to work closer to his home in Fairfax, Virginia.
His last day at Maryland is Friday.
Bolno’s departure comes at a time of significant tumult for the university and its athletic department. With less than a week to go until the football team’s season opener, the program is under investigation after admitting culpability in the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. Head coach DJ Durkin remains on administrative leave, and athletic director Damon Evans and university President Wallace Loh are under fire for the university’s handling of McNair’s death.