Florida Gators announce eight-person committee to find new AD
The Florida Gators' search for a next athletic director will be led by an eight-person committee, the school announced Wednesday morning.
UF will be trying to replace Jeremy Foley, who announced his retirement last week after spending a quarter century as the school's AD.
Former board of trustees chairman Manny Fernandez will lead the search, as university president Kent Fuchs said last week. Fernandez leads a venture capital fund in Fort Myers.
The other committee members are:
• Cammy Abernathy, the dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and member of the school's Title IX committee
• Ron Coleman, a former president of the Gator Boosters and the first African-American student-athlete to be offered a UF scholarship
• Andy Fawbush, a Jacksonville attorney and the president of the University Athletic Association Board
• Virginia Maurer, who served five terms on the athletic association's board of directors and is a professor of business law and legal studies at UF
• W. Andrew McCollough, the chair of UF's intercollegiate athletics committee and an associate provost
• Tom Mitchell, UF's vice president for advancement
• Michael Sagas, UF's faculty athletics representative to the SEC and the chair of UF's department of tourism, recreation and sports management.
UF executive associate athletic director Lynda Tealer will serve as the athletic association's liaison to the committee.
Although Fuchs said last week that he planned to use an outside consultant, UF said Wednesday that it will not use an executive search firm.
UF hopes to have a new AD ready when Foley transitions to an emeritus role on Oct. 1.