Roy Shick returns to UW as a senior associate AD, and Kate Cullen takes over as department's CFO.

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The shakeup of the University of Washington athletic department’s senior executive staff was completed Friday when  new athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced her first significant hires.

Roy Shick, after two years at the University of Texas, is returning to UW as a senior associate athletic director, and Kate Cullen shifts over from UW’s Foster School of Business to take over as the athletic department’s chief financial officer.

Both will serve on the five-person executive leadership council alongside Cohen and senior associate ADs Shondell Reed and Stephanie Rempe.

Cohen was introduced as UW’s new AD in May, and one of her top priorities is to balance a budget that projects to have a nearly $15 million deficit for the 2016 fiscal year.

As part of the executive staff shakeup, UW recently eliminated Lance Lopes’ senior AD position. Lopes was hired at UW in 2014 after previously serving as a vice president of the Seahawks.

A UW spokesman said Lopes’ position was eliminated in an effort to streamline responsibilities through one external administrator — which is the role Shick now takes on.

Shick will oversee external affairs, including advancement, marketing, communications and the Husky Ticket Office. Before moving to Texas two years ago, he had worked as UW’s associate director of athletics for advancement from 2008-14 and played a key role in The Drive For Husky Stadium fundraising campaign.

Cullen has been the assistant dean of finance and administration for the Foster School of Business, managing the school’s $60 million annual operating budget.

“A critical component to our future success will be the generation of revenue, and management of our existing budgets with a high level of efficiency,” Cohen said in a news release. “These two individuals bring demonstrated abilities to accomplish those things, and I’m extremely excited to welcome them to the Husky family.”