Kirwan: U-Md. president to be named in August; A.D. search to take 3-4 months
University of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning that he expects the search for the school's next athletic director to take three to four months. Kirwan also said he expects the school's next president to be named sometime in August.
"We think we’re doing the next president a big favor by getting the [athletic director search] process started," Kirwan said. "But there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that the next president will make the final selection for the AD. That’s the way it has to be. First of all, it wouldn’t be fair to the next president to have someone named in advance of his or her appointment as president. And secondly, I can’t imagine an AD. wanting to accept a job, such a high-profile job, without knowing who his or her boss would be."
Kirwan said he does not anticipate the school's ongoing search for a new president to prohibit the athletic director search committee from making some degree of progress prior to the presidential appointment. Kirwan is intimately involved in the presidential search, but said he will not be involved at all in the search for the school's next athletic director.
"The search committee is just now being put together, so it takes some period of time for it to get cranked up," Kirwan said. "Then they’re going to have to develop a pool of candidates and do a screening of those candidates before it would even be ready for consideration by a president. If you look at the most recent AD searches, most of them took three or four months. So we will have a president either named or in place by the time the decision time comes for the AD search, and the president will make that determination."
In a teleconference on Monday, Maryland interim athletic director Randy Eaton said he expects a permanent athletic director to be named by the middle of the upcoming football season. When asked whether that was a realistic timetable, Kirwan responded in the affirmative.
"I think so, based on what I’ve seen with other A.D. searches," Kirwan said. "I think three or four months would be the normal expectation."
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