Report: Northwestern to promote from within for next AD
It sounds like Northwestern has set its eyes on the next AD of the Wildcats, and the reported name is one that is already in house.
In December, it was announced that long-time AD Jim Phillips was leaving Northwestern. Phillips is taking over as the next commissioner of the ACC.
Now, it is being reported that Phillips’s successor will be someone that has served Northwestern for more than a decade. According to Shannon Ryan with the Chicago Tribune, deputy AD Mike Polisky is expected to be promoted to the role of AD.
Northwestern President Morton Schapiro has chosen deputy AD Mike Polisky as the school's new athletic director, sources tell @sryantribune.
An announcement is expected early this week.https://t.co/8Dhw7IhBDT
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) May 2, 2021
According to Ryan, there has been some conflict internally about a potential promotion for Polisky due to an ongoing investigation:
Some on the search committee urged caution and some were against hiring Polisky because he is named as one of four defendants along with the university in an ongoing lawsuit filed in December by a Northwestern cheerleader that said cheerleaders were sexually exploited and the university did not properly handle complaints. In a follow-up meeting with department leaders, the cheerleader said in the 58-page suit that Polisky accused her of “fabricating evidence.”
Polisky originally joined the Wildcats in 2010 as the deputy AD for External Affairs. According to Northwestern, Polisky helped oversee Under Armour’s 2012 agreement with the Wildcats and the school’s first comprehensive marketing campaign.
Should Northwestern officially go with Polisky, it will be interesting to see if the Wildcats can continue the impressive marks achieved under Phillips. The Wildcats have some of the best facilities in the country and recently signed head football coach Pat Fitzgerald to a long-term extension.