Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Georgia Names New Athletic Director

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Georgia Names New Athletic Director

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ATHENS, GA.

The University of Georgia hired Damon Evans as its athletic director last month, the first Black person to hold that job in the Southeastern Conference.

Evans, 34, will take the position of his mentor, Vince Dooley, who is being forced out of the athletic director job and will retire in June.

Currently the senior associate athletic director for internal affairs under Dooley, Evans will become the youngest athletic director in the SEC. His promotion from within the athletic department follows months of controversy since school President Michael Adams refused to renew Dooley's contract.

Evans was, "clearly the best candidate for the University of Georgia," Adams said. "I already value him."

The SEC has been criticized for the pace of its minority hiring. Now, the appointment of Evans comes less than three weeks after the first Black football coach in the SEC was hired--Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State (see Black Issues, Dec. …

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