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Bailey Appoints Athletic Director Screening Committee

President Guy Bailey appointed seven individuals to screen candidates for the university's next director of athletics.

Written by Chris Cook

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey appointed seven individuals to screen candidates for the university’s next director of athletics.

“I am very pleased that each of the people approached for this appointment accepted without reservation,” Bailey said. “The members of this group represent different levels and areas within and outside the university, and I look forward to working with them through this process.”

Board of Regents member Mickey Long will chair the committee, while Regents John Scovell and Rick Francis also were appointed. Other members of the committee include School of Law Professor and NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative Brian Shannon, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Judi Henry, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Development Kelly Overley and Alumni Association National Board of Director Linda Fuller. President’s Office Chief of Staff Grace Hernandez will staff the committee.

The committee will review candidates for a replacement for outgoing Director of Athletics Gerald Myers, who announced his retirement in August. He will step down officially in May 2011.

Myers’ career at Texas Tech has covered parts of seven decades, including the last 13 years as director of athletics. Inheriting a program in the midst of an NCAA investigation, Myers surrounded himself with a solid administrative staff and revamped the program, putting it back on the fast track as one of the top intercollegiate departments in the Big 12 Conference.

More than a decade later, Texas Tech on average consistently finishes among the top half in the Big 12 Conference. The facilities are among the best in the country, while fundraising and revenue grew exponentially during his tenure.

“If ‘Texas Tech athletics’ was listed in the dictionary, beside the definition would be a picture of Gerald Myers,” Bailey said. “He poured his heart and soul into the athletic program and the university for decades and embodies the spirit and passion of a true Red Raider. Gerald represented Texas Tech well throughout his career, and we are proud of the service and the time he gave of himself to this university.”

Applications, expressions of interest and nominations should be send to Hernandez in the President’s Office (150 Administration Bldg., Box 42005, Lubbock, TX 79409-2005).

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