Executive search firm hired to find replacement athletics director

Chancellor Victor Boschini said Thursday the university has hired an executive search firm to find a replacement for outgoing athletics director Danny Morrison, who announced his resignation Wednesday to work as team president for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

Boschini said he is not putting any time constraints on finding the new director.

“I’m just trying to get the best person I can,” Boschini said.

Boschini said he is looking to replace Morrison with the help of Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta-based executive search firm. When previous athletics director Eric Hyman left in 2005, Morrison was hired through the same firm, known at the time as Baker-Parker.

Hyman left the university to become the athletics director at the University of South Carolina. Hyman is still with the Gamecocks.

Boschini said he is using Parker, which has a specific division to deal with college athletic hiring, to find a replacement for Morrison because it is one of the best.

After Hyman left, the search that yielded Morrison lasted exactly one month.

The university appointed Davis Babb, associate athletics director for development, as interim director. Morrison said on Wednesday that he and Babb will be working together until Morrison leaves at the end of September.

The search is still in its early stages, so no headway has been made in finding someone to take Morrison’s place, but Boschini said he hopes Morrison’s replacement will be as devoted to athletics and the campus community as the former athletics director.

He said the university is looking for someone who has an academic perspective, values the community and culture of the university, can win with a clean record, can be an advocate for both students and coaches, values the Fort Worth community and works well with others in general.