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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 27, Digital 1

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 1 14 "Mike's likable." "Mike's thoughtful." "Mike's competitive." "Mike's a mentor." "Mike's unflappable." "Mike's a collaborator." "Mike's respected." W hen you ask people who know Mike Bobinski well, you hear the above statements sprinkled liberally through the conversations. The mes- sage was remarkably consistent. On Aug. 9, when President Mitch Daniels introduced Bobinski as the school's ninth full-time athletic director, and the first with no previous direct tie to the school, the process of learning more about the 58-year- old Bobinski began for coaches, fans, administrators and student-athletes. Most certainly in the coming weeks and months there will be a lot more learned about the native of Yaphank on Long Island, but here is an early glimpse into the man that will lead the Boiler- maker athletic program. Thoughtful Collaborator So what kind of leadership style does Bobinski employ? His predecessor Morgan Burke was one of the best in What Mike Is Like Mike Bobinski was announced as Pur- due's new athletic director on Aug. 9 in Hovde Hall. Friends, associates paint positive picture BY ALAN KARPICK Tom Campbell

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