Say this for Chancellor Gallagher. He knows football still drives everything. Pitt announced its search committee for a new Athletic Director. There are 14 members and a search firm to boot.
Members of the search committee are:
Randy Juhl: Search Committee Chairperson; Vice Chancellor; Acting Athletic Director; Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy
Dave DeJong: Vice Provost, Academic Planning and Resources Management; Senate Athletics Committee; Chair, Student Athletes Admissions Advisory Committee; Professor of Economics
Al Novak: Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Jay Irrgang: Co-Chair, Senate Athletics Committee; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Susan Albrecht: Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR); Student-Athletes Admissions Advisory Committee member; Associate Professor of Nursing
Wendy Meyers: Executive Associate Athletic Director and Athletics Chief Financial Officer
Justin Acierno: Assistant Athletic Director, Ticket Sales and Operations; former Pitt football student-athlete
Jen Tuscano: Assistant Director of Academic Support Services, Academic Counselor
Artie Rowell: President, Pitt Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC); Pitt football student-athlete
Lindsay Offutt: Pitt Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Officer; Pitt gymnastics student-athlete
Alonzo Webb: Pitt Track and Field/Cross Country Head Coach
Suzie McConnell-Serio: Pitt Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Bryant Salter: Pitt Board of Trustees; former Pitt football student-athlete
James Covert: Pitt Board of Trustees; former Pitt football student-athlete
There are three former and one present member of the football team.
The search firm that will help the committee is DHR International. Specifically, Glenn Sugiyama, Global Head of Sports, and Pat Richter, Executive Vice President, Education and Sports Practice.
Artie Rowell is just building one hell of a resume even before he leaves Pitt.
Neither Jamie Dixon or Pat Narduzzi are on the search committee. I’m sure they will have input and their opinions will be solicited, but not direct influence on the search.
Reports are that Pitt has had as slew of applicants with the majority being sitting ADs.
I really don’t expect them to have a new AD in place until at least June.