Athletics: Director Search
The University of Michigan is beginning its search for a new athletic director to replace Bill Martin, who announced he is retiring from his position in September 2010. The job description and a brief Q & A about the search follow.
Q: What are the job requirements?
A: Candidates must be committed to academic excellence and the development of student athletes, and have demonstrated leadership in managing large and complex organizations. A full job description is posted here.
Q: How is the search being conducted?
A: President Coleman is directing the search with the help of a small advisory group:
Liz Barry, managing director of the Life Sciences Institute and former U-M associate vice president and deputy general counsel, as well as interim general counsel
Percy Bates, faculty athletic representative and professor in the School of Education
John Beilein, men’s basketball coach
Timothy P. Slottow, executive vice president and chief financial officer
Teresa A. Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs
President Coleman selected the advisors based on their knowledge of particular aspects of the athletic director role, as well as her respect for their judgment.
The executive search firm Spencer Stuart is managing the process, which will be led by consultant Jed Hughes, who received his Ph.D in education from the University of Michigan.
Q: Can you provide background on Spencer Stuart and Jed Hughes?
A: Spencer Stuart is a well-respected firm with an excellent track record in executive searches. Hughes is the senior partner responsible for Spencer Stuart’s sports practice and has conducted a wide variety of leadership searches for sports organizations. He has extensive relationships within sports and intercollegiate athletics, having spent 20 years coaching in professional and intercollegiate football. He has worked for five Hall of Fame coaches, including Bo Schembechler.
Q: When will the search be concluded?
A: The search will remain open until an announcement of a selected candidate. President Coleman has stressed that she will make a thoughtful and deliberate choice.
Updated: November 23, 2009