USF names Scott Kull interim AD, announces it will hire search firm

Kull has roughly a quarter-century of experience in college athletics administration
New England native Scott Kull arrived at USF in May 2016. (Photo provided by USF)
New England native Scott Kull arrived at USF in May 2016. (Photo provided by USF)
Published Jun. 4, 2018|Updated Jun. 4, 2018

Scott Kull, USF's deputy athletic director for external operations, has been named interim AD while the school continues its search for Mark Harlan's permanent successor.

Harlan stepped down Friday to accept the same job at Utah.

A New England native and avid triathlete, Kull, 50, who is single, arrived in Tampa two years ago from TCU. Since then, he has overseen development, communications, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, broadcasting and digital strategy.

His resume, which spans roughly 25 years in college athletics administration, also includes prior stops at Florida and FSU, Ohio State and Georgia Tech.

"In a short period of time, Scott has made a great impact on our athletic department," USF president Dr. Judy Genshaft said in a statement released by the school. "He understands the trajectory of USF Athletics and will ensure that we continue moving forward without interruption during the search process," Genshaft said."

The school also announced it will hire a national search firm to assist in the selection of a permanent AD. Leading the search will be Dr. Bill Sutton, professor in the Muma College of Business and director of the Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program.

The Texas-based firm of Eastman & Beaudine charged USF $100,000 during its eight-week search that led to Harlan's hiring in 2014.

"Our next director of athletics will be a transformative leader who is driven by professional integrity, possesses strong experience and is skilled in building relationships and connecting with key stakeholders across the national collegiate athletic landscape," Genshaft said.

"(USF) is at a critical juncture in its history. Reaching new heights in academic achievements, research productivity, community collaboration and global influence, the university needs a leader who can similarly elevate USF Athletics and position the program for national excellence."