The search committee for a successor to retiring Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson will have its first meeting Friday morning, and one member said he does not expect a long, drawn-out process.
On Sept. 25, Dickson announced he would step down at the end of June after 15 years on the job.
“I think the committee is committed, if you will, to get this position filled promptly,” said Jerry Greenbaum, a Board of Tulane member and one of nine people on the search committee. “It will not be dragged out over an extended period of time.”
Doug Hertz is leading the committee, which includes fellow Board of Tulane members Jill Glazer, Bill Goldring and Richard Yulman along with alumni rep Jenny Kottler, faculty reps Gabe Feldman and Greg Stewart and dean of Tulane-Newcomb College James MacLaren.
Hertz is a major donor who contributed to the Hertz Center, the $13 million basketball practice facility that opened in 2011 and bears his name.
Feldman is a law professor and Tulane’s NCAA representative. Stewart is the co-director of the sports medicine program and the Green Wave team physician.
Aiding the search will be Jeff Schemmel of College Sports Solutions, a college athletics consulting firm. Schemell helped Tulane attract baseball coach David Pierce, who ended a six-year postseason drought in his first season this spring, and deputy athletic director/chief operating officer Barbara Burke.
“One of the key criteria is to get someone that’s a good fund-raiser,” Greenbaum said. “That is a big part of the job, and Rick has been outstanding at that. It doesn’t do any good to have a great administrator if he can’t talk to the alumni. On the other hand it doesn’t do any good to have a guy that raises all kinds of funds but one that makes bad decisions when it comes to the athletics.
“The search is wide open. There will be a million people I’m sure going for this job because the Tulane job is far more desirable than it has been in the past.”
Former Tulane athletic directors include Sandy Barbour, who stepped down as University of California A.D. in 2014, Kevin White, currently the A.D. at Duke after stints at Arizona State and Notre Dame, and Chet Gladchuk, currently the A.D. at Navy after stints at Boston College and Houston