Mote: New U-Md. president likely to make final decision on Yow's replacement
Outgoing University of Maryland President C.D. Mote said Saturday morning in a telephone interview that while the search to find new athletic director will begin immediately, the final decision on who will replace Debbie Yow likely will be made by Mote's successor. Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation said Friday that a new school president is expected to be hired between the middle of August and the end of September.
On Friday, Yow officially was introduced as the athletic director at North Carolina State after serving the past 16 years in the same role at Maryland.
"Ideally, it takes two to three months to appoint an athletic director, so, ideally, there will be a new president at the College Park campus, if not here, essentially appointed before that happens," said Mote, who will retire Aug. 31. "So it’s very likely that person will actually be able to make the appointment.
"But I think on the other hand, we don’t know how these presidential searches go, either, and we cannot have an athletic program without an athletic director for months during this critical period. That’s not healthy for athletics, either. Given all the circumstances here, I think we cannot wait to begin a search for the athletic director in the fall. That might make up to half the year without an athletic director, which would not be a wise way to proceed."
Mote said he expects to assemble a search committee charged with vetting potential candidates to become the school's next athletic director by the end of next week. He declined to discuss the anticipated size of the search committee. He also declined to discuss who he is considering as members of the search committee, though per the terms of her contract, Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese will be a member of the search committee to find Yow's replacement.
As for an interim athletic director, Mote said he plans to name someone to that post sometime next week, as well. He declined to discuss who is considering to fill that role.
Mote said if his successor has not been appointed by the time the search committee is ready to make its recommendation, he is prepared to appoint the new athletic director.
"It’s possible," he said.
When asked whether the unknown status of Maryland's next school president would serve as a deterrent to potential athletic director candidates, Mote said he was unsure.
"I think that’s up to the candidates to decide," Mote said. "I think the University of Maryland’s got an excellent athletic program that’s in very good shape. It has no deficiencies. In fact, Debbie Yow is leaving the program in very solid shape. It’s been superior in just about every regard you can think of. I consider it really an excellent job for someone who wants to move into a top contending athletic program that has great ethical values and concerns for student-athlete successes both on the field and off the field. So I think that’s what will happen."
So, in essense, Mote plans to get the search process for Yow's replacement in motion so that progress of some sort will have been made by the time a new school president is appointed.
"We’re going to initiate the process," Mote said. "We’re going to move forward as you would with the search process. It’s likely that the amount of time this search process is going to take will allow the president to make the appointment. If the president is, in fact, her or himself appointed expeditiously, and that will carry forward that way. We have essentially a couple of unknowns here, how the presidential search process goes and how the athletic director (search) process goes, and we’ll just have to see as we go down the road how they come together."
June 26, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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