The Tiger Athletic Foundation announced Maj. Gen. Ron Richard, USMC (Ret.), is stepping down as president and CEO of the organization.

Rick Perry, longtime TAF employee and current senior vice president, was named president and CEO.

Richard will remain with TAF in the role of president and CEO emeritus.

A number of major TAF projects took place during Richard’s term as president and CEO, including additions of the Cox Communication Center for Student Athletes, the LSU Football Operations Center, the west side addition to Tiger Stadium and the south end zone expansion of Tiger Stadium.

“We have discussed the leadership transition for several years now but decided it was best to keep the full team intact throughout the south end zone construction,” Richard said. “With the successful completion of the project less than a month away, and after consultation with TAF’s Executive Committee, (LSU) President (Dr. F. King) Alexander and (Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics) Joe Alleva, we all felt it was time to go forward with the transition. I’m proud of the many accomplishments that I and my staff have seen during my tenure and I am looking forward to my new role at TAF and continuing to help our university, our Board of Directors, Rick, and the staff as we take on new challenges. “

Perry, the new president and CEO, has served the organization for the past 27 years.

“As an LSU alumnus, I am honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to serve our university, the LSU athletic department, and the greatest fan base in America as the president and CEO of TAF,” Perry said. “The generosity and support by the TAF members has played a vital role in what has been perhaps the greatest two decades in LSU athletic history. Our goal will be to not only provide support to continue that legacy of excellence, but to strive to reach even greater heights.”

The Tiger Athletic Foundation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting LSU athletics and its 21 intercollegiate sports programs.