Universities continue to turn to executive search firms to find new athletic directors. Chicago-based DHR International recently assisted Northwestern University in the recruitment of Derrick Gragg as the Combe Family vice president for athletics & recreation. He succeeds Mike Polisky, who resigned as the university’s athletic director last month. Dr. Gragg, the NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement, will begin July 1. DHR’s managing partner and global sports practice leader Glenn Sugiyama partnered with the school on the search.
Mike Polisky, Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs since 2010, was initially promoted to replace Mr. Phillips. The