Glass ceiling on female ADs rarely gets broken

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 29, 2012 - 10:37 PM

Diversity is a prime consideration for Minnesota's job, yet only three women currently run athletic departments at the BCS level.

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PooOnUMar. 1, 12 1:26 AM

I get really tired of the diversity crap. May the best person win.

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SeaSharkMar. 1, 12 4:11 AM

STANFORD UNIVERSITY is the collegiate gold standard for academic and athletic excellence. U of M president Eric Kaler should seek an experienced administrator for the U's athletic director job who embraces the Stanford model and will fuel Minnesota's athletic department with the same bedrock mission philosophy and successful management dynamic that consistently produces winning Cardinal men's and women's teams---including conference champions and national champions---in both major and nonrevenue sports. Race and gender should not give an advantage to any candidate for the U job or put any candidate at a disadvantage. The crucial criteria for selecting the next Golden Gophers athletic director in addition to those identified above are intelligence, personal character traits like honesty and integrity, a sterling educational backround, business acumen, successful professional experience in sports management including fund raising, and the ability and willingness to cogently communicate athletic department news---good or bad---to the public. The stringent criteria will not deter qualified candidates from seeking the job. The University of Minnesota is a fine educational institution located in the heart of one of the nation's most admired and high ranking "quality of life" major metropolitan areas. President Kaler should be able to choose the new athletic director from a list of exceptional finalists.

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radiant1Mar. 1, 12 7:08 AM

Chris Voelz was promised the job of AD by then-U president Hasselmo? Wow.

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ranger78Mar. 1, 12 7:53 AM

Politcal correctness runs amok still at the U of MN. If anything but the best, brightest and most capable candidate is not sought and hired then the U of MN has failed. Gender, race, etc., should not even be viewed. This is a bad direction and a sign that they will screw this up yet again.

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sblakeupMar. 1, 12 9:12 AM

IMO, this is a complete non-story. It's 2012. Of course the U of M will consider the candidate who they think will do the best job. It's not political correctness, it's just saying "being a white male doesn't necessarily give you the inside track on the job". In the end you hire however is the best fit and who you think will be the most successful in that position for your business.

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philgorngieMar. 1, 12 9:55 AM

This whole thing looks like a disaster in the making which would be par for the course for Gopher sports

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bjorksMar. 1, 1210:58 AM

Diversity...I could be wrong, but I believe it's an old, old wooden ship.

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chuckie549Mar. 1, 1212:53 PM

1. This is not an article, it's an opinion piece. 2. If you want credibility in a piece like this, don't quote Chris Voelz. She wasn't shut out of being the A.D. because she was a woman -- she was shut out becasue she was difficult to work with and combative. 2. I don't care who the new A.D. is -- woman, man, black, white or whatever -- as long as they get the U on the path to a Rose Bowl (someplace they haven't been for 50 years).

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hobie2Mar. 1, 12 6:48 PM

Chris Voelz lost the job because she treated the wrong guy at a gas station like a peon, not realizing he had say in her job and was checking - he felt she failed the test and treated people according to her needs and did not respect them as people, because others may see it the same... Same mistake Boston made shortly before he was shown the door with the same guy, no less, turning his back and saying to the host who was on the field with the man "I have no idea who that is." and walking away... When someone looks up and says "Hi, how's it going?", leaders engage and disengage with skill... Real leaders don't treat those they need one way and dismiss those they don't think they need as unimportant... Keep that in mind, new AD candidates - you never know.

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moretwoitMar. 2, 1212:01 AM

I'm worn out by the fantasies. My impression is the University of Minnesota has multitudes of hidden agendas, so complicated they'e impossible to satisfy. As a long-time loyal alum and fan, I want Gopher teams that have a chance to win every time they go out to compete. That takes money for facilities and coaches and MAJOR support from the University and the Legislature. Its been a long time since Minnesota has had an effective athletic director capable of generating revenue from, and for, Gopher athletics. The new AD needs to be a game-changer and get the programs to the top of the Big Ten. If that is a woman, great.

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