GSU opens search for athletic director

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GRAMBLING, La (GSU News Release) - Grambling State University has reopened its search for an athletics director with the goal of identifying a choice as soon as possible.

The university will repost the job.

"This is one of the most important jobs on campus at any university, and that's especially true at Grambling State University where we have such a rich and well-recognized legacy in several sports," said GSU President Rick Gallot. "Our coaches, athletics staff and student-athletes deserve a permanent leader, and we will make that happen."

Grambling State is a part of the Southwestern Athletics Conference, which includes Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Prairie View A&M. The AD supervises all team sports and is responsible for the administration, management and marketing of athletics as well as the academic success of student-athletes.

Interim AD Obadiah Simmons has filled the role since late spring 2015.

A previous search drew more than 40 applicants. The current search includes 12 applicants. Gallot said previous candidates could simply express continued interest without reapplying by the new September 30 deadline.

The president will appoint a search committee including GSU faculty, staff and student representatives as well as Grambling-Ruston area community representatives. He plans to ask for their recommendations and to make a selection by early fall.

"We welcome all highly qualified and highly motivated candidates," added Gallot. "I know the strength of our athletics brand and we want someone who will take us to the next level. That likely means having a good combination of sports administration and conference experience and knowledge as well as business savvy and great leadership."