University of Tulsa athletic director leaving for NCAA

TULSA, Okla. — Athletic Director Derrick Gragg is leaving the University of Tulsa for a new role in college sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Gragg is moving on to become the NCAA’s Senior Vice President of Inclusion, Education and Community Engagement.

FOX23 Sports Director confirmed the news Wednesday morning ahead of the announcement.

He also will serve on the NCAA senior management team, beginning his new role with the NCAA on Oct. 5.

“Derrick brings exceptional experience and knowledge to the NCAA, and we look forward to his strong leadership around diversity, inclusion and equity policies and procedures for the Association,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

“As a former FBS football student-athlete and longtime athletics administrator in roles in many segments of Division I, Derrick understands the intercollegiate landscape and will be able to formulate relationships where the NCAA can work with constituencies to build more inclusive environments, which will enhance the experiences of student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. We welcome him and his family to Indianapolis.”

Before his time at TU, was athletics director at Eastern Michigan; served in various leadership roles at Arkansas, including deputy athletics director; and has athletics experience at Michigan, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

“During this historic era in our country, I look forward to supporting our student-athletes, engaging coaches and staff members, as well as working with our membership to identify ways to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected on all levels,” Gragg says.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility and look forward to identifying ways to help unite our 1,100 institutions to make a significant impact on higher education and our country as a whole.”