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“You make a living from the problem you solve but you make a life from the passion that you chase.” – Rory Vaden
Iowa State University Athletic Director Jamie Pollard is the latest guest on the Higher Ed Athletics Podcast

The conversation begins with his video communication strategy to fans, including one with President Wintersteen to calm the fan base after the shock of Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12. He discusses the planning process for a university-wide entertainment district and how to prepare to present projects in front of the Board of Trustees. Pollard cites a safety concern as the reason to relocate its student section this upcoming season and what they did to accommodate season ticket holders in the new area. We discuss whether NIL Collectives will receive the fundraising dollars traditionally flowing into athletic departments. The conversation continues with thoughts on several changes, including the four additions to the Big 12 and retirements of both Commissioner Bowlsby and NCAA President Emmert, and what those jobs will look like for the new leaders chosen.