November 8, 2012
|FROM:||Neil Kerwin, President|
|SUBJECT:||Athletics Department Transition
Keith Gill, American University’s director of athletics and recreation, announced last week that he will leave AU in early December to become director of athletics at the University of Richmond. We wish him well and thank him for the significant work he has done at AU.
After consulting with AU academic, administrative, and athletics leadership, I am informing the campus of the departmental oversight after Keith departs. Most importantly, I want to emphasize that athletics will continue to report directly to me. In addition to this being the recommended arrangement in Division I intercollegiate sports, it is a strong affirmation of AU athletics and its important role in our campus community.
In the Department of Athletics, we have a solid team of administrative staff and a strong group of coaches—all of whom understand the importance of competitive athletics and high academic achievement.
As they focus on their day-to-day responsibilities, I have asked my chief of staff, David Taylor, to serve as the acting director of athletics during this interim period. A member of the President’s Cabinet, David has served American University in a variety of leadership positions over the past 20 years; particular to athletics, he served in a similar oversight capacity in 2006–07 prior to our hiring of Keith Gill. He also chaired two successful NCAA certifications and was a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
I have full confidence in the athletics department coaches, staff, and student athletes and have high expectations for success in both athletics competition and academic achievement.
We have a solid foundation and are positioned for ongoing success. I expect to launch a national search for a new athletics director in the next few weeks.
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