Abilene Christian University has hired a new athletic director.

Lee De Leon, Twitter
Lee De Leon, Twitter

Lee De Leon (pictured), a University of Notre Dame graduate, joins the university at their eighth athletic director. He was named Jared Mosley’s replacement by ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert on Thursday, November 13.

"After an extensive national search, I believe we've found a leader whose commitment to faith influences all aspects of his life and who he is," Schubert said of De León. "Lee also has broad experience in intercollegiate athletics and has been a part of several highly successful NCAA Division I programs. I believe that experience will give him great perspective as we continue to navigate our transition to Division I."

The Houston native will assume his duties December 1, 2014, and according to ACU Athletics, is the third director of athletics that did not attend the university.

Most recently, Lee served as associate director of athletics for development and executive director of the Lobo Club at the University of New Mexico.

Lee said the Christian atmosphere of the school was an especially strong drawing point for him.

I feel so blessed and honored to serve as the director of athletics here. As soon as I set foot on campus, I knew it was a special place. As a Christian university in my home state that recently joined the NCAA Division I ranks, it's the perfect fit – spiritually, academically and athletically – for my family and me."

Lee previously held positions in the athletic departments of Louisiana State University, the University of Houston and the University of Arizona.

In 2013, ACU transitioned to the Football Championship Subdivision portion of NCAA Division I Football and joined the Southland Conference.