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OSU moves forward in search for VP for athletics

Friday, July 29, 2005

Oklahoma State University announced plans for moving forward with its national search for a new director of athletics at Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. The search will begin on Aug. 1 and will be completed as soon as possible.

In an important step, the OSU board approved a change in the athletic director title that better reflects the executive responsibilities of the position and the seamless interaction expected with the executive leadership of the university. The new title is vice president for athletic programs and director of intercollegiate athletics.

To help conduct the search, the university announced a 15-member search advisory committee of OSU faculty, administrators, students and supporters, which will be chaired by John Clerico of Tulsa. The consulting firm of Eastman & Beaudine Inc. has been retained to assist with the search.

“We are accelerating the process to conduct a national search and are very pleased with the level of interest we have received,” said OSU System CEO and President David Schmidly. “We are moving forward and we are excited about the future of OSU athletics."

Search Advisory Committee

  • Chariman: John Clerico, businessman
  • Bobby Stillwell, businessman
  • Ross McKnight, businessman
  • Kay Norris, OSU Heritage Hall volunteer
  • Joe Hall, OSU A&M regent
  • Jay Helm, OSU A&M regent
  • Al Goodbary, OSU System chief of staff
  • John Fernandes, president, OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • Cornell Thomas, OSU VP for Institutional Diversity
  • Gerald Lage, OSU Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Marilyn Middlebrook, OSU associate athletic director of academic services
  • John Smith, OSU wrestling coach
  • Ashland Watson, OSU student athlete
  • Gary Clark, OSU Foundation
  • Don Murray, OSU Faculty Council
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