"Announcement of New IU Athletic Director"
October 28, 2008
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for being with us today.
In early August I announced the formation of a search committee, headed by Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan. I asked its members to conduct a comprehensive search for potential candidates to fill the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Indiana University.
As many of you know, this vacancy was created this past June when our current athletics director, Rick Greenspan, decided to resign, effective the end of this year. Let me once again reiterate my great appreciation of Rick for his service to Indiana University and his commitment to IU athletics over the past four years. In that time, Rick has made a number of very important contributions to IU athletics. He has substantially improved the financial condition of the department, hired a number of fine new head coaches, and spearheaded the construction and renovation efforts at Memorial Stadium.
Several weeks ago, the search committee presented me with a list of candidates to replace Rick, and I am delighted to say that, from that list, we have identified the person who I believe is best prepared to lead IU athletics in the exciting but challenging times that lie ahead.
The Right Leader
In my State of the University address two weeks ago I quoted our legendary president Herman Wells who once said: “Dream no small dreams for Indiana University.”
I want to make it very clear to our students and faculty, our alumni and friends, our friendly athletic competitors, and most of all to our coaches and student athletes–past, present and future—that this determined commitment to excellence includes Indiana university athletics. It includes a commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the field, excellence that leads our student—athletes towards graduation and successful careers and lives.
And so, in considering my choice for our new athletics director, I considered a series of questions:
Whether this person has the background, the range of experiences, and the personal qualities that will enable success in this important position?
Whether this person has been a builder, a fundraiser, a negotiator, a communicator, and a proven leader?
Whether this person has a record of taking on complex problems and challenges, and bringing diverse stakeholders together in a common cause?
Whether this person has a demonstrated record of collegiality and consensus building?
Whether this person will not only insist on—but effectively communicate—the importance of a good education and degree completion for our student athletes?
Whether this person has the necessary understanding of this state and of Indiana University’s legacy and traditions, as well as the vision, energy, and passion to lead IU athletics into a bright new future?
Whether this person will bring a deep commitment to excellence along with a rigorous insistence that excellence be achieved by following the rules and doing things the right way—the Indiana way?
Conclusion: Fred Glass
In considering these questions, I kept returning to one person-Fred Glass.
Fred is a strong Hoosier leader who has taken on tough problems and worked collaboratively to solve those problems. He led the initial effort to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis, demonstrating skill in all areas of that complex undertaking, including an unprecedented fundraising effort to support the city’s bid.
He was chief of staff to Governor Evan Bayh, managing a multi–billion dollar budget, approximately 35,000 state employees, and the complexities of numerous agencies of state government.
He has helped manage one of the state’s largest and most respected law firms–Baker and Daniels.
Fred is best known, though, for several major successes while serving as president of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board, which operates all of the city’s major sports and convention facilities, including the new Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Fieldhouse, and the Indiana Convention Center. He provided the steady leadership that transformed Lucas Oil Stadium from an idea into a reality. In doing so, he worked closely with the leadership of the NCAA to ensure that the stadium’s design addressed the needs of the NCAA, thereby increasing the likelihood that Indianapolis will host future NCAA events.
In fact, Fred was instrumental in brokering a deal to make the city a part of the permanent rotation to host NCAA Final Fours.
He served for a number of years on the board of the Indiana Sports Corporation, and he was on the organizing committee for the NCAA Final Four Tournament in 2000 and again in 2006. He also was on the executive committee of the 2002 World Basketball Championship and co–chaired the 2006 local organizing committee for the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.
In all of these major undertakings, Fred Glass has demonstrated a remarkable talent for leadership, for mastering the details of big challenges, for diplomacy and consensus building, and for getting things done.
We were privileged to have had Charles M. (C.M.) Newton, the legendary coach and athletics administrator, serve as a consultant during this search process.
Coach Newton was highly impressed with Fred during that process, saying, “I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet and interview with Fred Glass, and it became very obvious throughout that conversation that he is a person who well understands the issues and challenges of leading and managing an Intercollegiate Athletics Department. I am delighted for Indiana University to have made this hire and look forward to Fred’s leadership and vision for athletics.”
Let me add that Fred is a life–long Hoosier and a double alumnus of IU. He has remained closely engaged with his alma mater, serving on the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past five years. In nominating him for this position, his former law school dean and former IU interim president, Jerry Bepko said, “[Fred] has the integrity, intelligence, vision, determination, and personality to be a very effective athletics director at Indiana University. In every area of activity, he has earned the praise of the people with whom he was associated.”
In our discussions, I was greatly impressed that Fred not only understood the challenges before our intercollegiate athletics program but also the importance of IU athletics being an integral part of the life of the entire university. He knows firsthand the greatness of this institution, its students, faculty, and staff. And he fully embraces our aspirations for excellence.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to introduce to you to the man who, on the second of January 2009, will become the new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Indiana University—Fred Glass.