- University Life
March 22, 2007
|FROM:||Neil Kerwin, President
|SUBJECT:||Keith Gill Named Director of Athletics and Recreation
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Keith A. Gill, senior associate athletics director at the University of Oklahoma, as AU’s new director of athletics and recreation, effective June 1. In Keith Gill we have the right blend of expertise and enthusiasm to lead AU athletics for years to come. In addition to Mr. Gill’s demonstrated leadership, the responsibilities he has had at Oklahoma, the NCAA, and Vanderbilt University, and his background as a former student-athlete at Duke University, we were impressed with Mr. Gill’s strong commitment to the twin values of academic and athletics achievement that we strongly embrace. We look forward to working closely with him in the years to come.
At the University of Oklahoma since 2004, Mr. Gill oversees a major portion of OU athletics, including men’s basketball, women’s soccer, and baseball, and the supervision of personnel, budgets, facilities, fund raising, student athlete issues, and the selection and evaluation of coaches for these sports. He worked with the AD and staff in overseeing the strategic and annual planning process for the department.
At the NCAA from 2000 to 2004, Mr. Gill was director of membership services, where he developed and communicated policies related to Division I intercollegiate athletics, including governance, rules compliance, diversity, gender equity, academic integrity, student-athlete welfare, fiscal integrity, strategic planning, sportsmanship, and legislation. He oversaw and ensured the effective operation of the athletics certification program, and managed a staff of 35 who provided education and guidance to Division I institutions conducting their periodic self-studies. Previously, Mr. Gill worked at the NCAA from 1995 to 1999 as a membership services representative.
At Vanderbilt from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Gill was assistant athletic director and worked with the AD to implement the annual planning process to help 16 athletics teams achieve their academic and competitive goals. He worked with the National Commodore Club, major gifts, media relations and marketing, and supported the Vanderbilt Board of Trustees by working with the athletics committee.
Mr. Gill earned his BA from Duke University, where he was a four year letterman in football, and earned his MA from the University of Oklahoma.
American University’s intercollegiate athletics program includes some 240 student athletes competing in seven men’s and nine women’s sports. A member of the Patriot League since 2001, AU teams have won 19 league titles and earned 15 berths into NCAA championship tournaments. Earlier this week AU wrestler Josh Glenn won a 2007 NCAA championship in wrestling, 197-pound weight class, AU’s second ever national champion.
We welcome Keith Gill to AU and look forward to his arrival on June 1.
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