Jack North, a former senior executive vice president for State Farm Insurance Cos., has joined the Illinois State athletics department as executive in residence, ISU athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced Monday.
North fills the void created by the retirement of ISU's director of major gifts Larry Morlan last month.
North will be involved in leadership development of department staff, coaches and student-athletes. He will assist with marketing and branding strategies, while also assisting with capital initiatives.
"I'm looking forward to having Jack as a colleague and pleased to have the opportunity to hire someone of his stature," Zenger said. "I have come to value his friendship and guidance since arriving at Illinois State University.
North retired from State Farm in September 2007 after a 26-year career.