MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota will use an outside firm and a 16-person committee to search for and hire its next athletic director.
President Eric Kaler announced Wednesday the members of the group, which include faculty members, one head coach, current and former Gophers athletes and business leaders around the state. Kaler said the process will be completed in late spring or early summer.
Interim athletic director Beth Goetz is a candidate but not "a lock" for the job, according to Kaler. Goetz took over the department last August after Norwood Teague resigned his post in disgrace following a report from two high-level university administrators that he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat.
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New Jersey-based Turnkey Search will be paid $150,000 plus expenses for its work.
Here is the complete committee list:
-- Duke Anyanwu - Gophers football player
-- Shari Ballard - President of U.S. Retail, Best Buy Corporation; Trustee, University of Minnesota Foundation
-- Jeremiah Carter - Director of Athletic Compliance; former Gophers football player
-- Kevin Cattoor - Chief Operating Officer, Foodsby; Former Executive Vice President, Minnesota Twins
-- Bob Cunningham - Chief Executive Officer, Tri-County Implement; Member, President's Club, University of Minnesota Foundation
-- Marty Davis - President & Chief Executive Officer, Cambria: Member, Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Council
-- Emily Hoover - Professor of Horticulture; Faculty Athletics Representative
-- Lisa Kihl - Associate Professor of Kinesiology; Chair, sub-committee on Equity and Diversity, Advisory Committee on Athletics
-- Lisa Lissimore - Associate Director, Minnesota State High School League; Former Gopher student-athlete
-- Hugh McCutcheon - Head Coach, Gophers Volleyball
-- Deborah Olson - CEO & Chair, Nelson Laboratories (retired); Member, Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Council
-- Darrell Thompson - President, Bolder Options; Former Gophers football player
-- Tom Vannelli - Director of Corporate Sales & Marketing, 3M Championship; Former Gopher student-athlete
-- Kevin Warren - Chief Operating Officer, Minnesota Vikings; Trustee, University of Minnesota Foundation