Jeff Vinik on USF's AD search committee
TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is part of USF's six-member search advisory committee that will help select the Bulls' new athletic director.
The names of the committee members were released to the Tampa Bay Times upon a public-records request Friday morning. Dr. William Sutton, director of the USF Sport and Entertainment Management Program, is the chairman.
Vinik, who also owns the Tampa Bay Storm and is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox, is a prominent USF benefactor. Two years ago, the Lightning Foundation financed the launch of the school's sport and entertainment management program.
The school is seeking a replacement for Doug Woolard, who announced his retirement last month once his current contract expires in June 2015.
Applicants initially are to be vetted primarily by the Texas-based search firm Eastman & Beaudine, Inc., to whom the school is paying $100,000 (excluding out-of-pocket and travel expenses).
According to USF spokesman Adam Freeman, as part of the school's agreement with Eastman & Beaudine, applications are submitted to the firm.
The other committee members.
* Oscar Horton: owner and president, Sun State International Trucks, LLC (member of executive committee that leads selection of USF Athletics Hall of Fame inductees)
* Dr. Donna Petersen: dean of the College of Public Health at USF
* Dr. Jose Hernandez: USF's chief diversity officer and leader of USF's expanded Office of Diversity and Inclusion
* Joel Momberg: USF's senior vice-president for advancement and CEO of USF Foundation