Soon-to-be former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins released a statement along with the official announcement that he was retiring effective September 4, 2011.
"I have loved my time here at the University of Kansas and I will continue leading Kansas Athletics over the course of the next year.
"At this time, my greatest priority is working on conference alignment issues, and as I've committed to the Chancellor, I will work tirelessly on these efforts. Conference alignment is the biggest challenge we have before us as an athletics department and an institution.
"I am very proud of the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes during my time at KU and I will forever treasure the friendships and experiences being a Jayhawk has brought.
"Our supporters are among the best across the nation and I could not be more pleased with how much we have accomplished together.
"Gwen and I are proud to call Lawrence home. We've talked over the past couple years about retirement, and with my 65th birthday this year, this is the right decision for us.
"After more than 40+ years in the athletics business I look forward to retiring next year, spending time with my wife, our children and grandchildren, as well as finding a little more time on the golf course.
"However, my work here is not done. Chancellor Gray-Little has my support as she chooses a new Athletics Director, and my commitment to make the transition as seamless as possible. We have a lot of work to do over the course of the next year and I am honored to do it."