Lincoln, Neb. -- Joe Selig, senior associate athletic director for external operations, has been named interim director of intercollegiate athletics for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Selig will take over the duties of the post effective Dec. 16. The appointment to the interim post was made by UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman.

"At my request, Joe has indicated to me that he will serve as interim director and withdraw his active candidacy for the permanent position," Perlman said. "He made this difficult decision in order to do what is best for Nebraska athletics and to help the department move forward without delay. I was reluctant to appoint an interim athletic director who was also an active candidate for the position, even though I believed Joe Selig wasthe natural selection. It is comforting to know the department is in good hands during this transition."

Bill Byrne, who was named Director of Athletics in June 1992 and assumed the duties of the post in January 1993 with the retirement of Bob Devaney, will remain available to UNL on a consulting basis through Jan. 2. Byrne is leaving his post at UNL in order to assume a position as director of athletics at Texas A&M University in College Station.

"I am pleased that Bill has agreed with my suggestion to assist the department and the university in the interim," Perlman said. "He has brought so much to this position, and I admire his willingness to make this transition time as smooth as possible. I value Bill's experience and am grateful for his continued support of our athletic program during the transition. He has done an outstanding job of building our athletic program during his tenure, and he will be missed."

A veteran of 26 years of service to the NU Athletics Department, Selig is in his fourth year as senior associate athletic director for external operations. He oversees all aspects of development, marketing, licensing, ticket office and event management operations. In the summer of 2001, he added administrative oversight responsibilities for seven sports, with baseball, softball, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's tennis and rifle reporting directly to him.

Since joining the senior staff, Selig has been a key member in assisting Byrne in the area of long-term facilities master planning. The first of several improvement projects came with the installation of HuskerVision screens and a new public address system at Memorial Stadium in 1994. With Selig coordinating the department's fund-raising efforts, the $36.1 million Memorial Stadium improvement project was then completed in 1999 with the addition of skyboxes, a new press box, the East Stadium Plaza, enlarged concourses and expanded restroom facilities. Other improvements, such as waterproofing and concrete repair throughout the stadium, continue on an annual basis. Selig also played a key role in the $7.9 million Bob Devaney Sports Center improvement project, a part of the department's master plan that was completed prior to the 1999-2000 winter sports seasons. The project included HuskerVision screens in the Devaney Center main arena, a Husker Hall of Honor and Walk of Fame on the concourse and other fan amenities.

Most recently, Selig assumed a lead role in the development of the new $29.53 million baseball/softball complex, which opened in the summer of 2001. He represented the department in the contract negotiations with the university's partners and oversaw the fund-raising efforts. Selig assisted Byrne in the creation of the Husker Athletics Fund, which combined all of Nebraska's athletic booster clubs under one umbrella organization. In the past two years, Selig played an instrumental role in the athletic department's negotiations that led to an exclusive $8 million telecommunications contract with Alltel, and represented the department in negotiating the partnership agreement with New Media Networks that has provided the Huskers an innovative presence on the World Wide Web.

Selig began his NU career as a student worker in the ticket office before being named assistant ticket manager in 1982. After being promoted to associate ticket manager in 1986 and ticket manager in 1988, Selig was named assistant A.D. for facilities and events in 1993.

Raised in Alexandria, Neb., Selig graduated from Meridian High School in 1976 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from UNL in 1980. He earned his MBA from UNL in May 1987. Selig is married to the former Patty Miller of Daykin, Neb., and they have two daughters, Lindsay, 19, and Brittany, 14, and a son, Troy, 15.

Selig said his love for the university prompted his decision to serve as interim director and has agreed to withdraw as a candidate for the director position.

"I believe this is a key transition time for the Athletics Department and for the university," he said. "While I have interest in the director's position on a permanent basis, there is no doubt in my mind that I can make a difference for this university by serving as interim director of athletics. We need to continue to work together both internally and externally to ensure the future success of the Athletics Department and I am confident that with my years of experience and love of the program, that I can help make that happen. I'm looking forward as we transition to a new director."

Byrne said, "I am pleased by the announcement of the appointment of Joe Selig as interim AD. He is so knowledgeable about Nebraska's athletics program and a very capable administrator. It's good to know the department is in such good hands. I have the utmost respect for Joe and know he will do a great job."