Marshall University launches search for athletic director

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University announced today that it has started a nationwide search for an athletic director and has retained CarrSports Consulting to assist.

President Jerome A. Gilbert, who will step down as president at the end of December, said he and incoming president Brad D. Smith have formed a nine-person search committee to come up with a list of finalists for consideration.

Gilbert said he and Smith, who have worked closely on the transition, believe identifying a new athletic director is one of the university’s top priorities and have agreed not to wait for Smith officially begins its presidency on January 1, 2022, to launch the research. Smith will make the final hiring decision, with an announcement expected in February.

Members of the research committee include Tracy Christofero, professor of marketing, GIS and entrepreneurship and chair of the faculty’s Senate; Ryan Crisp, associate director of athletic development at the Big Green Scholarship Foundation; Verna Gibson, former chair of the university’s board of governors; Tony Kemper, head coach of women’s basketball; Karen McComas, executive director of the university’s Teaching and Learning Center and representative of the NCAA athletics faculties; Chris Miller, Chairman of the Board of Governors Sports Committee; Andre Motley, former student-athlete; and Bob Pruett, former football head coach. Ginny Painter, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, chairs the committee.

CarrSports Consulting has been providing executive search services exclusively to intercollegiate athletics since 1997. Comprised of former athletic executives, its associates have 200 years of experience in positions such as athletic directors, commissioners and head coaches. Division I, and have led more than 130 research and 70 consultancy projects.

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