November 2, 2012
|FROM:||Neil Kerwin, President|
|SUBJECT:||Departure of Athletics Director Keith Gill
Athletics director Keith Gill has informed me that the University of Richmond selected him to become their next athletics director. In his new role, Keith will oversee Richmond’s 19-team NCAA Division I varsity athletic program.
We are losing a valued colleague and good friend, but on behalf of our entire community, I express our deep appreciation for Keith’s numerous contributions to AU and extend our best wishes for his success. The Richmond Spiders are fortunate to have him.
As American University’s 13th director of athletics, Keith has overseen the operations of all intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs, including more than 250 student-athletes participating in 16 varsity sports, the majority of which compete in the Patriot League Conference.
In just five years at AU, he helped to lead the athletics department to never-before-seen successes including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament and the wrestling team’s fifth place at the 2011 NCAA championships. Since Keith’s arrival, AU has captured 11 Patriot League team championships. Individually, AU has crowned 23 All-Americans over the past five seasons.
AU’s student-athletes have flourished in the classroom under Keith’s guidance and have continued their streak of 23 consecutive semesters with a combined GPA of more than 3.0. In 2011–12, 121 student-athletes were named to the university’s dean’s list as the athletics department posted a 3.37 combined GPA.
Prior to coming to AU, Keith spent three years at the University of Oklahoma as senior associate athletics director. He also worked at the NCAA as the director of member services from 2000 to 2004 and as a membership services representative from 1995 to 1999. Between the NCAA jobs, he spent one year at Vanderbilt as assistant athletic director.
The leadership Keith brought to the Department of Athletics was characterized by a deep commitment to excellence, a sophisticated understanding of higher education, the proper role of intercollegiate athletics in the development of students, and unshakable integrity. I will make every effort to ensure these same characteristics are present in the individual selected to succeed him.
In the coming weeks, I will inform the campus community of a campus reception to thank Keith, as well as transition oversight plans and the search for a new athletics director. Keith will be at AU through December 4.
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