The four month-long wait for Penn’s next athletic director is almost up.
Penn Athletics announced yesterday evening that the university’s next athletic director will be introduced at a press conference at the Palestra at 1 p.m. today, preceded by a university-wide announcement at noon.
This introduction comes just over four months after outgoing Athletic Director Steve Bilsky announced on Nov. 21 that he would retire effective June 30 following 20 years of service in that capacity.
On Dec. 9, Leo Charney, a spokesperson for Penn Provost Vincent Price, told The Daily Pennsylvanian that there would be an announcement soon about the formation of an advisory committee for the athletic director search.
Then on Jan. 15, Provost Price announced the formation of a 14-member athletic director advisory committee to select Bilsky’s successor.
Three weeks later, a website dedicated to the athletic director search revealed that Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search had been retained as the consultant for Penn Athletics as it decided on Bilsky’s successor.
The committee held two open forums for the athletic director search, one for faculty, staff and alumni on Feb. 11 and one for students on Feb. 12.
While nominations and applications for the position were accepted by Price’s office until Feb. 28, Price also told The Daily Pennsylvanian in January that the committee would actively reach out to candidates.