Report: Tulsa AD expected to take on same role at Northwestern
Northwestern has reportedly found its next athletic director.
Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported on Friday morning that Tulsa athletic director and the NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement Derrick Gragg will be named the AD at Northwestern. He will bring 15 years of experience to the job in Evanston.
Gragg was named the athletic director at Tulsa in 2013 and has served in that role for the past eight years. Before taking that job, he was the AD at Eastern Michigan from 2006-13. Gragg has also had stops at Vanderbilt, Missouri, Michigan and Arkansas in administrative roles.
Sources: Former Tulsa Atheltic Director Derrick Gragg expected to become the next AD at Northwestern. He’s currently the NCAA’s senior VP for inclusion, education and community engagement.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) June 4, 2021
Gragg is a former wide receiver who played at Vanderbilt from 1988-91. He graduated from the school in 1992 and went on to earn a masters degree from Wayne State and his PhD from Arkansas.
The hiring of Gragg comes after Northwestern initially named Mike Polisky the athletic director, replacing Jim Phillips. However, less than 10 days after being promoted, Polisy submitted his resignation.
Polisky’s hiring was immediately controversial on campus at Northwestern. According to the Chicago Tribune, Polisky is listed as a defendant in a lawsuit from a former Northwestern cheerleader that alleges sexual exploitation and harassment.
Northwestern’s athletic director job became available after Phillips left to become the next commissioner of the ACC.