UT hires search firm, names committee to help find a new athletic director

Associated Press • Jun 18, 2011 at 6:25 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has hired Parker Executive Search to help find a new athletic director, and interim director Joan Cronan is on the university's five-member search committee.The university signed Parker to help replace Mike Hamilton, who announced his resignation June 7. Cronan said Friday in Nashville that she won't be a candidate."I love the title interim," Cronan said. "I'm looking forward to being part of the transition."Joining Cronan on the search committee is Daniel Murphy, Tennessee's NCAA faculty athletic representative and chairman of the university's athletics board; Tennessee provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs Susan Martin; trustee Charles Anderson; and alumnus and donor John Tickle.The Knoxville News Sentinel first reported the hiring of Parker Search and the members of the search committee. University spokeswoman Margie Nichols confirmed the Parker Search contract was signed Thursday. Parker will be paid at least $90,000 with a maximum of $105,000 to assist with the search with the contract going through Aug. 13.

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