|Updated: 3/20/2013 4:56 pm
||Published: 3/20/2013 4:47 pm
The University of Tulsa named Dr. Derrick Gragg vice president and director of athletics, TU President Steadman Upham announced on Wednesday.
Gragg spent the past seven years as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Michigan University, where he has been responsible for an intercollegiate athletic program with 21 teams, 550 student-athletes and 80 staff members. Gragg has spent the past 20 years in progressively advanced roles at the universities of Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Derrick Gragg will be joining TU as our new director of athletics. Our search committee was presented with an impressive field of applicants for this position, and Derrick stood out as an exceptional candidate,” Upham said. “TU has seen several key changes in the past year, and a handful of questions remain with regard to NCAA compliance and conference realignment. We feel that Derrick’s history of integrity and excellence is well-suited to manage those issues and keep our university and its athletic program moving forward. He will be an enthusiastic and dedicated leader for Golden Hurricane student-athletes and their coaches.”
"I am very excited to accept the position of director of athletics at TU. It is a wonderful opportunity to lead a program of this caliber," Gragg said. "The university's combination of academic and athletic success dovetails perfectly with my own personal and professional core values. My family and I are eager to become an integral part the Tulsa community and the TU family.”
TU has been without an Athletic Director since December of 2012 after an investigation into gambling.
Gragg will be introduced to the Tulsa community during a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center President’s Suite.