TAMPA — Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is part of USF's six-member search advisory committee that will help select a new athletic director.
The names of the committee members were released Friday to the Tampa Bay Times after a public records request. Dr. William Sutton, director of the USF sport and entertainment management program, is the chairman.
Vinik, who also owns the Arena Football League's Storm and is a minority owner of major-league baseball's 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 contract expires in June 2015.
Applicants initially are to be vetted primarily by the Texas-based search firm Eastman & Beaudine, to whom the school is paying $100,000 (plus 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 are:
• 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: chief diversity officer and leader of USF's expanded Office of Diversity and Inclusion;
• Joel Momberg: senior vice-president for advancement and CEO of USF Foundation.