Doug Dull, Maryland’s associate athletic director for media relations, is resigning to launch a sports communications firm, university officials announced Friday.

A Maryland graduate, Dull will retain a business relationship with his alma mater following his July 6 departure, advising the athletics department on communications issues and media-relations strategy. According to a release issued by the university Friday, he’ll also provide editorial content and consult on the logistics of many of the Terrapins’ special events as part of his new endeavor.

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson praised the work Dull has done on behalf of Terrapin athletics and thanked him, on a personal note, for easing his own transition to the university.

“Doug’s passion for the university, the profession and his institutional knowledge have been invaluable,” Anderson said in a statement. He added that a national search for Dull’s successor would begin immediately.

A 23-year veteran of the college-sports industry, Dull began his career as a sports writer and editor of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. He served as sports information director at Chico State, the University of California-Davis and Kansas State before returning to College Park nine years ago as Maryland’s sports information director. Since then, he has also served as the primary media contact for Maryland’s men’s basketball and men’s and women’s track.

“I’m excited about this new chapter in my career,” Dull said in a statement. “I have appreciated the opportunity to work at my alma mater and have been thrilled to work with some of the best professionals in college sports, from our coaches to the local and national media.”