Feb 05, 2016 03:04 PM EST
Pat Haden to Retire as USC's Athletic Director at the End of June
Pat Haden will step down from his post as athletic director at the University of Southern California at the end of June.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Haden will end his six-year tenure on June 30, though that will not mark the end of his involvement in the USC athletic department. For the year following his last day as AD, Haden will still have oversight on the school's fundraising efforts for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum renovations.
"It has been a tremendous honor serving my alma mater, a school I love so much, as well as serving Max Nikias, our coaches and staff and, most importantly, our student-athletes," Haden said in a statement. "I am proud of what has been accomplished here the past six years and knowing that USC Athletics is on an upward trajectory. I look forward to finishing out this academic year as athletic director and then spending time on the Coliseum project."
USC will use Brill Neumann search firm to find Haden's replacement, not Korn Ferry. They were involved in Sarkisan hire.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) February 5, 2016
A former USC Trojans quarterback, Haden took over in 2010 on the heels of the Reggie Bush scandal that resulted in steep sanctions against the football program and the exit of its star coach, Pete Carroll. Since Carroll's resignation, Haden has hired two different head coaches who were both fired mid-season.
"In the summer of 2010, Pat stepped away from his longtime role as a trustee of the university in order to take the helm of USC Athletics, which bonds our Trojan Family together across continents and generations," USC President C.L. Max Nikias wrote in a letter to the campus community. "He took on this role at a time when the department faced unprecedented pressure, externally and internally, requiring nothing less than a Herculean effort to rebuild its foundation for the long term. USC Athletics had received NCAA penalties of unprecedented harshness only weeks earlier; and its physical and academic infrastructure urgently required improvement to bring it in line with the university's overall dramatic progress in recent years."
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