The University of Virginia athletics department announced Tuesday that director of athletics Craig Littlepage will move to an adjusted schedule over the next two months. Littlepage will attend to family matters from Oct. 24 through Jan. 2, according to the news release.
Jon Oliver, UVA’s executive associate athletics director, will fill in during that time period.
“I appreciate the support of the University administration, particularly President Sullivan, and our coaches, staff, and student-athletes,” Littlepage said in the news release. “It’s important that I focus my attention on the wellness of an aging member of my family in the coming weeks that will require frequent travel outside of Charlottesville. Jon is prepared to step into this role while I’m away and I know everyone in the athletics department is prepared to pitch in and help. We have a strong senior administrative team in place and there’s a great deal of positive momentum in the department right now. I’m confident progress will continue to be made on important initiatives and I look forward to my return in January.”
No other staff or operational changes will be made within the athletics department as a result of Littlepage’s adjusted schedule, according to the news release.
Littlepage is in his 16th year as the Virginia director of athletics. He served as an interim athletics director on two separate occasions before being appointed full-time to the post on August 21, 2001.
“I wish Craig and his family the best during this time,” University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan said in the news release. “The athletics department is well-positioned for success in Craig’s absence under Jon’s leadership and I expect a strong finish to the fall semester.”