Friday, July 20, 2018

UTSA names student rep to Athletics Director search committee, schedules campus sessions

UTSA names student rep to Athletics Director search committee, schedules campus sessions

(Sept. 20, 2017) -- University of Texas at San Antonio President Taylor Eighmy has selected junior economics major and Student Government Association President Marcus Thomas as the student representative to the committee initiating the search for the university’s next Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The search committee, comprised of university representatives, community partners and supporters, was named this week. The university has also retained Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA), one of the nation’s leading executive search and consulting firms specializing in NCAA Division I athletics, to conduct the candidate search.

CSA and the search committee will hold campus listening sessions and group meetings September 27-29 to receive input on the attributes the campus community considers most important in selecting a new athletic director. They will meet with head coaches and senior administrators in the Athletics Department, the president’s senior leadership team, and Roadrunner Foundation officers and donors.

Additionally, CSA and search committee members will attend listening sessions with student athletics hosted by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a student forum held by the Student Government Association and a faculty and staff session hosted by the UTSA Athletics Council.

Specific meeting times and locations for the listening forums will be publicized as they become available.

“Just as we have engaged San Antonio community and business leaders in this process, it is integral that the UTSA campus community be involved and lend its voice to this important search,” said Eighmy. “Athletics can be the portal for how the public first sees a university and we want them to see excellence in our athletics, just as it is in our learning, discovery and engagement enterprise. We are all invested in identifying and recruiting a great athletic director.”

Members of the UTSA community can also provide input to the search committee via email at

After receiving broad input from the campus community, CSA will identify a national pool of candidates to be interviewed confidentially by the search committee off-site. From those interviews, finalists will be recommended to Eighmy, who will select and announce the sole finalist. The recruitment process is expected to be completed in late 2017.

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