TALLAHASSEE — FSU hired Duke administrator Stan Wilcox as its athletic director, the school announced Wednesday.
School president Eric Barron said he "liked him the minute I met him" and that "I strongly believe that Stan is the perfect person for Florida State University."
Wilcox, 54, who was the senior deputy director of athletics at Duke, becomes FSU's first black athletic director, and 15th overall. His contract is still being completed, but the Orlando Sentinel reported Wilcox said he signed a five-year deal.
Wilcox came to Duke in 2008 from Notre Dame along with AD Kevin White. He had day-to-day oversight of the Blue Devils' athletic department and oversaw the football program.
He replaces Randy Spetman, whose exit was announced in June after five years in charge. Vanessa Fuchs, the senior associate athletic director, was the interim AD. Spetman will remain as a senior adviser until his contract expires in February 2014.
"I hope that I'm able to continue to build upon that solid foundation base … and take it forward," Wilcox said, adding that he wants FSU to "become not only the leader within the ACC but also nationally."
Wilcox played basketball for the Fighting Irish and spent 11 years as the Big East Conference's associate commissioner before serving as deputy AD at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2008.
When Wilcox was asked his feelings about his alma mater playing his new employer in the new-look ACC, Wilcox turned to the side and did the Seminoles' trademark tomahawk chop.
"I'm very humbled, and I hope that I'll be able to live up to all those accolades that my colleagues have bestowed on me," said Wilcox, who has been praised for his understanding of NCAA legislation and his comprehension of football scheduling concerns.