Friday, January 29, 2016

Committee formed to aid in search for UConn's new AD

With Warde Manuel being named the new director of athletics at Michigan today, UConn president Susan Herbst announced the names of those who will serve on the search committee to find Manuel's replacement including interim AD Rachel Rubin

Andrew Bessette (’75) UConn Board of Trustees 
Scott Brown, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
Andrea Dennis-LaVigne (’03), UConn Board of Trustees (Committee Chair) 
Doug Elliot (’82), President of The Hartford
Thomas Ritter (Law ’77) UConn Board of Trustees
Rachel Rubin (’77), Chief of Staff to the President & Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Nancy Stevens, Head Coach, UConn Field Hockey

Here's a statement from Herbst on Manuel's departure

"The only downside to hiring fine leaders for key positions at UConn is that their experience and skills are sought after by other institutions across the nation, who also want to hire strong leaders.

When Warde Manuel, our Athletic Director since 2012, told me he was interested in the AD position at the University of Michigan, I was not at all surprised; Michigan is his alma mater where he spent years of his life as a student-athlete, playing football for Bo Schembechler, participating in track and field, and earning his degrees, later becoming assistant and associate AD there.  

I was also not surprised when he was recently named to the position; Warde is a terrific AD and any university would be lucky to have him.

While we are sorry to lose him at UConn, we also understand how much the position at Michigan means to him and we wish him all the best.

Warde is expected to begin at Michigan in March. Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an Associate Athletic Director and is currently Chief of Staff in my office, will serve as interim AD.

We will begin a national search for a permanent successor immediately.


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