FROM: Nancy Young, Vice President for Student Affairs
As you may remember, Charles Brown has announced that he will retire as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation on June 30, completing a 24-year tenure that has elevated both the Retrievers’ athletic and academic performance.
We have begun a national search for Dr. Brown’s successor, and I have appointed a search committee to assist the University in identifying a new Director of Athletics. I am pleased to announce that Jack Suess, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, has agreed to chair the search committee. In 2009, Mr. Suess led our successful NCAA Division I decennial certification process, and through that work, he has a detailed understanding of Athletics. The members of the full committee are listed below, and each member has my sincere gratitude for their willingness to serve.
We have employed Collegiate Sports Associates, a nationally recognized search firm, to work with the committee to help recruit the best and most diverse pool of candidates. As the committee and search firm work to recruit candidates, they would like to hear from members of the campus community about the desired qualities and professional experience of our new Director of Athletics. The committee has already begun reaching out to the community for input. It also will hold an all campus forum on Friday, April 26, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in ITE 229 to gather input that will shape the search process.
Due to the search firm’s recommendation to maintain confidentiality and the fact that the search is starting late in the semester, we are focusing our campus efforts on the qualities we should use to evaluate candidates. We encourage you to attend Friday’s open forum and share your suggestions. While Friday’s forum will be the only open campus forum during the search, you are also invited to share input directly with Vice President Suess or with any of the committee members listed below. The committee and I greatly value community input.
I know that all of us will support the search committee in this important task.
Search Committee Members:
Jack Suess (Chair), Vice President for Information Technology and CIO
Dale Bittinger, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Stanyell Bruce, Professional Staff Senate Representative
Jesse Fox, Graduate Student Association Representative
Aly Gazarek, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
Hannah Khan, Student Government Association Representative
Cindy Kubiet, Director of Sports Medicine
George LaNoue, Athletic and Recreation Policy Representative
Kim Leisey, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Marvin Mandel, NCAA Faculty Representative
Charles Nicholas, Athletic and Recreation Policy Chair
Chase Plummer, Student Athlete Representative
Greg Simmons, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Valerie Thomas, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Don Zimmerman, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach / Pete Caringi, Head Men’s Soccer Coach (Co-Representatives)