May 10, 2003
KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- UT President Dr. John Shumaker named Mike Hamilton to replace Doug Dickey, who is retiring next month as athletic director. Hamilton is currently associate athletic director at Tennessee.
Shumaker made the announcement from the steps outstide his home in Knoxville late Saturday afternoon.
"We did a thorough and exhaustive national search involving several candidates as identified by our consultant, Dr. Charles Knapp of Heidrick & Struggles," Shumaker said. "On the basis of all the information we gathered and the candidates to which we spoke, I am convinced Mike Hamilton is the right man at the right time to be the men's athletic director at the University of Tennessee."
Hamilton, 39, has been on the UT staff since 1992, but has been in his current job only since September. Before that, he was UT's associate director of athletics for development and marketing.
"I've always felt the University of Tennessee athletics director's job was one of the best positions in the nation," Hamilton said. "When I came to Tennessee in 1992, I was well aware of the great tradition the university had -- from Gen. Neyland through Bob Woodruff and to Doug Dickey. I appreciate the confidence Dr. Shumaker has expressed by giving me this opportunity."
Considering the trouble UT seemed to have in finding a new A.D., some people may be surprised to learn the hire was made from within. Dr. Shumaker seemed to address that when he said, "We have compared [Hamilton] with the very best in the field and I am proud to say that everyone feels he can bring distinguished vision and leadership to the university."
Dr. Shumaker contradicted several published reports to the contrary when he said Hamilton was the only person who was offered the job. Recent reports indicated Oklahoma A.D. Joe Castiglione, Wake Forest A.D. Ron Wellman and Texas Christian A.D. Eric Hyman were being aggressively wooed, if not offered the job. All withdrew their names from consideration. Shumaker did not reveal how many other candidates were considered.
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