Furman University President Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., announced today that the University has established a search committee and selected a nationally recognized collegiate athletics consulting firm to assist in the search for a new Director of Athletics.
Current AD Gary Clark, a 1974 graduate of Furman who has served in the role for 15 years, has decided to step down, and will remain at Furman for a period of time to assist in the transition, Davis said.
“I felt it was time for a new voice and fresh perspective for Furman’s intercollegiate athletics program,” Clark said. “I have enjoyed being a part of the successful Division I program here, as a former player and administrator, and the relationships with the coaches and student-athletes remain among the most meaningful aspects of my tenure.
“Furman has a long history of success in athletics, and it has been a privilege to be a small part of that.”
Davis will lead a search committee composed of Vice President for Development Mike Gatchell ’91,and Faculty Athletics Representative Bill Pierce, Ph.D., of the Health Sciences Department. Trustee Chair Robert Hill ’83, and Trustee Alec Taylor ’75, along with former Furman football coach Bobby Johnson, will serve as advisory members of the search committee.
The national search will begin immediately with the assistance of Todd Turner, founder and President of Collegiate Sports Associates, a search and consulting firm specializing in collegiate athletics.
“I am grateful to Gary for his long and distinguished service to Furman, marked by his commitment to the University as an exemplar of strong athletics and academic excellence,” Davis said. “During his tenure, Furman athletic teams have combined to win 30 Southern Conference regular season championships and 35 league tournament titles, and have made 48 post-season tournament appearances.
“More importantly, Furman student-athletes have consistently ranked highly among Division I participants in both NCAA Academic Performance Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) measures.”