A search firm has been named to assist the committee that will seek a new director of intercollegiate athletics at Miami University. Previous director Brad Bates has accepted the same position at Boston College.
The search committee, chaired by Provost Bobby Gempesaw, will work with Todd Turner of Collegiate Sports Associates.
Collegiate Sports Associates, which focuses exclusively on intercollegiate sports, was chosen from among 10 candidates. Todd Turner has worked with several Mid-American Conference (MAC) schools, Clemson and the University of Richmond in their selections of athletic directors and top coaching positions.
The initial search committee meeting will take place this week.
During Bates’ tenure, Miami’s student-athletes consistently improved federal graduation rates from 72 percent to 79 percent, the highest percentage of any MAC university.
During the same period, the graduate success rate (including students who enroll or transfer to Miami and graduate within 6 years) of Miami student-athletes went from 83 percent to 91 percent, also among the best in the MAC.
Miami’s federal graduation and graduate success rates consistently rank among the highest within all public Division I schools.