Friday, September 17, 2010

KU chancellor names six-member committee to find new athletics director

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke Wednesday about the search for a new athletics director.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little spoke Wednesday about the search for a new athletics director.


Members of a six-member search committee are on the lookout for candidates to become Kansas University’s next athletics director.

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Chancellor Bernadatte Gray-Little announced membership for the committee Friday afternoon:

• Ray Evans, managing partner of Pegasus Capital Management in Overland Park, chairman.

• Kenneth L. Audus, dean of the KU School of Pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

• Ritch Price, head baseball coach at KU.

• Linda Ellis Sims, account executive with ExxonMobil Corp.

• Debbie Van Saun, associate athletics director/senior women’s administrator

• Thomas Ward, president and CEO of Russell Stover Candies in Kansas City, Mo.

Gray-Little said she plans to have a new athletics director named by the end of the spring smemester “or sooner.”

The committee is charged with helping Gray-Little fill the job vacated with the Sept. 7 retirement of Lew Perkins, who had been athletics director for seven years. Sean Lester is serving as interim athletics director.

Perkins had been expected to remain on the job until Sept. 4, 2011. That’s the date he had given in June, when he announced his plans to retire and make the “transition as seamless as possible” to a new athletics director.

This school year began with a new football coach, Turner Gill, hired by Perkins to replace Mark Mangino, who left campus a year ago with a $3 million settlement after being accused of verbally abusing players.

The department is working to repair damage left by a ticket scandal, one documented in a university-ordered investigation that identified five now-former employees and a former consultant suspected of taking more than 19,000 tickets for football and men’s basketball games during a five-year period. The scam cost the department anywhere from $1 million to $3 million, and two of the former employees already have pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in the scam.

Perkins himself still faces an ethics review by state regulators, regarding exercise equipment that had been placed at Perkins’ home. A dispute over the equipment eventually led Perkins to pursue blackmail charges against a former employee, charges that have not been filed by authorities.


Dickless Head 10 years, 4 months ago

Why is the baseball coach on the committee and not the basketball coach? That makes ZERO sense. Who gives a ratt's a$$ what the baseball coach thinks or desires? We need to make sure the next hire makes Bill Self happy, and he should have major input in this decision.

If we weren't letting coaches be involved, I wouldn't have a problem. But the baseball coach and NOT the basketball coach.....that's idiotic, much like our chancellor.

Ethan Jones 10 years, 4 months ago

I'd rather have Bill Self focus on recruiting and coaching the basketball team. That is a big enough job. Why should he spend important time finding a new AD when he can be scheduling in home visits and bring recruits on campus this fall? Also baseball does not start until spring, that's probably an important timing situation. And, do you really think that Self needs to be officially on the committee to give input?

Kendall Simmons 10 years, 4 months ago

You make a whole heck of a lot more sense than hawknhutch. I'm sure Bill Self would agree with you.

Lone_salina_kufan 10 years, 4 months ago

Denny Thume, the Chiefs old CEO, would be a good choice

Carter Patterson 10 years, 4 months ago

Why? He's never been an AD. How many buildings has he got built from donations?

Kendall Simmons 10 years, 4 months ago

Knows her place? KNOWS HER PLACE???

I'm sorry to be the one to have to point this out to you, but she's the Chancellor of the University of Kansas...not the CEO of a professional sports team.

And, while I know this will be hard for you to grasp, a great university does not require a great football team. Or a great basketball team. Or even scholarship athletics.

OCJHAWK 10 years, 4 months ago

Your screen name says it all. Yea, we want to be a school unheard of except by a school ranking group. I have had the "nationally" ranked finance professor in my grad work and he didn't know what happens at a real world finance house, but knows black scholes like the back of his hand. Same academic snobery you show.

bcc 10 years, 4 months ago

What are you talking about, forming a committee to compile a list of candidates to fill a major opening is now a bad thing. I personally think this is the most positive thing that she has done in the public eye since she has been at Kansas. It is still her decision on who is hired, just because they recommend someone doesn't mean they will be the new hire.

gardenjay 10 years, 4 months ago

isn't bill self already employed by KUAD? a nice salary too. thank goodness gray-little recognizes kuad is a business and not a prima donna sports club. otherwise it would fiscally sink. bill self's fav ceo was lew perkins - now he needs a new manager. cahange is good.

BLITZED 10 years, 4 months ago

"Gray-Little said she plans to have a new athletics director named by the end of the spring smemester “or sooner.”"

When exactly is the end of the "smemester"?

FreddyinLA 10 years, 4 months ago

I can understand Ray Evans, but how are the others qualified to pick ADs for a major university?

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