WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The "AD who came down the stands" has passed away.
Longtime Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke died on Monday after a yearlong battle with amyloidosis. He was 68.
Burke served as athletic director from 1993-2016. He is the longest-tenured AD in school history.
Over Burke's 23-year run, two teams won NCAA championships — women's basketball in 1999 and women's golf in 2010. Eight student-athletes claimed a combined 14 individual national titles. Purdue captured 20 regular-season Big Ten championships and 13 tournament championships.
The football team played in 10 bowl games in 12 years under Joe Tiller while the men's basketball team captured back-to-back-to-back Big Ten regular-season championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
After retiring in 2017, Burke was a university vice president for special projects including Purdue Global.
A 1973 industrial management graduate, Burke was captain of the swimming team his senior year.
Burke is survived by his wife, Kate, three children — Joyce, Morgan Jr. and Patrick — and three grandchildren.