A person familiar with the decision says Western Kentucky's Ross Bjork has agreed to become Mississippi's next athletic director.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because neither school had announced the hiring. The 39-year-old Bjork has been the athletic director at Western Kentucky since March 2010 and has also worked in the athletic departments at UCLA, Miami and Missouri.
The Dodge City, Kan., native will take over for Pete Boone, who has announced his retirement effective later this year after more than 13 years as Mississippi's AD.
One of Bjork's challenges will be helping rebuild Mississippi's football program. The Rebels finished 2-10 last season, 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference. Fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt was fired and Hugh Freeze replaced him in December.