Jan. 20, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - Chancellor Dan Jones formally launched the search for a new Director of Athletics today, announcing the members of the search committee, scheduling the first committee meeting, and setting expectations for the search.
As with the head football coach search, the co-chairs for the search committee are Ole Miss football legend Archie Manning and FedEx executive Mike Glenn. Other members of the search committee include the current President of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Richard Noble, two faculty members Ron Rychlak and Ethel Young-Minor, and UMAA Foundation governing board member, Cal Mayo. Noble, Rychlak, and Young-Minor also served on the search committee that recommended hiring Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze.
"The members of the football search committee did such a great job that I asked the entire committee to serve again," Jones said. "I added Cal Mayo to the committee because as a member of the UMAA Foundation's governing board, he will represent the interests of our donor base. The $150 million Forward Together Campaign is off to a great start and we must preserve that momentum through a leadership change. Cal is also very familiar with collegiate athletics, having represented the NCAA, the University of Mississippi and other universities."
The Forward Together capital campaign was launched in August 2011 and has raised over $58 million towards construction of a new basketball arena, renovations to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and other facilities improvements.
"Just like the head football coach search, the Chancellor has created a process designed to succeed in finding the right person for this critical position," said co-chair Archie Manning. "We have been charged by Chancellor Jones to find someone with integrity, proven leadership in athletics, excellent management and interpersonal skills as well as someone who can be the public face of the University's athletics department."
With search committee meetings beginning next week, Chancellor Jones expressed hope the new Athletics Director will be named before the end of the semester. "I have spoken to each of the search committee members, and they are ready to get started," Jones said. "We all understand how important it is to find the right person to lead Ole Miss athletics. I have asked the search committee to cast a broad net to assure we have a strong pool of candidates."
Current Athletics Director Pete Boone has agreed to continue serving as AD until a replacement is on board or until June 30, whichever is first.
Interest in this position has been very high, with several candidates having already contacted the University or members of the search committee. Chancellor Jones has also recommended that the search committee retain a search firm to ensure a strong candidate pool and to help the search committee move quickly.
To keep the entire Rebel fan base informed throughout the search process, a dedicated web site will be live after the first committee meeting. On this site, fans can learn more about the search committee members, job description and requirements as well as timing of the search. Fans can also submit candidate information directly to the search firm through the web site.
The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics supervises a department with 18 NCAA programs, a $48 million budget, over 200 employees and 400 student-athletes. The University of Mississippi is one of the founding members of the Southeastern Conference, the most competitive conference in collegiate athletics.