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As students, staff and faculty get ready for another academic year at Appalachian State University, the school will have to start searching for a new athletics director.

Charlie Cobb, who held the position since 2005, has chosen to take the same position at Georgia State University. The school announced this decision on Thursday.

“It is with mixed emotions that I accept the resignation of athletic director Charlie Cobb who has accepted the position of director of athletics for Georgia State University beginning this fall,” Appalachian State Chancellor Dr. Sheri N. Everts said in a statement. “While I wish Charlie the best in his new endeavor, his leadership and collegiality will be missed at Appalachian.”

Cobb, 46, took over in 2005 and right out of the gate, ASU Athletics exploded onto the scene with three straight football national championships, numerous enhancements to Kidd-Brewer Stadium, football game attendance records and a huge increase in season ticket sales.

It all culminated with an invite to the Sun Belt Conference and a spot in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the Mountaineers, something that seemed unfathomable just a decade ago.

Cobb returns to Atlanta after spending some of his career working in the city, including stops with the Atlanta Sports Council, The Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and working at the Georgia Dome.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cobb’s salary will be $300,000 at Georgia State and he has signed a five-year deal with an option for an additional two years. Cobb will also have potential bonuses for academic and athletic achievements.

What’s next for App State

On Friday, Appalachian State University announced that deputy athletics director Rick Beasley will take over the title as interim athletics director.

Beasley has been part of the ASU Athletic Department since 2006 when he came on as a senior associate athletics director.

Beasley is a very familiar face to Mountaineer fans as not only was he very involved in the day-to-day operations of the athletic department and fund raising events, but he was also a star receiver on the football team from 1977-80. He was an All-American and set seven school records during his career and is still the program’s all-time leader in yards per reception and 100-yard receiving games. Beasley’s top athletic achievement was being named Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 1980.

According to the university, a search for a permanent director of athletics will begin immediately.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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