OU to look for new AD

Oakland University has hired the search firm College Sports Associates to find a replacement for Interim Robbie Stewart as Athletic Director.

Stewart took over interim duties for Tracy Huth on Feb. 1 after Huth decided to step down. The search firm OU hired is now assisting an OU committee and will begin accepting applicants as soon as Friday.

The job listing for the position reads, “Oakland University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Athletics.”

It also says in the listing that only digital resumes will be accepted, and that hard copies will not. Although if Florida’s Jeremy Foley or Michigan’s David Brandon showed up with a hard copy application, they might temporarily disqualify that stipulation.

“In seeking the new Director of Athletics, Oakland University is searching for an individual who will lead an institution that competes with excellence both academically and athletically,” the listing continues.

“This leader will have a unique opportunity to build upon the tradition and success of the past 50 years of athletics and create a vision for the future within the region, the conference and the NCAA.”

Luckily for the applicants there is an option to sign up with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and everyone’s personal favorite, LinkedIn. 

The university and CSA are looking for someone who will help bolster a future in NCAA athletics involving the Golden Grizzlies’ 18 athletic teams.

Todd Turner, the founder and president of the CSA, is working with the OU committee to find the future successor. Turner has been the Director of Athletics at four major universities: UConn, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, and Washington. He also worked as an administrator at West Virginia University, before his stints as A.D.

The CSA has worked with 15 different universities, including Duke University, Central Michigan and the Horizon League’s Valparaiso. They also have worked with the Horizon League conference as a whole before.

They base their help around their areas of expertise – conference realignment, market research, personnel evaluations and strategic planning.

There is no timetable available for when the position will be filled, just that “the job will remain open until the position is filled.”