Twenty-five people will have role in AD selection

The University of Minnesota announced today that a 21-person advisory committee and a 4-person search committee will determine who will be the University's new athletic director. The 'U' hopes to have a new AD in place by July 1. Joel Maturi resigned from the position earlier this month after 10 years in the role.
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The University of Minnesota announced today that a 21-person advisory committee and a 4-person search committee will determine who will be the University's new athletic director. The 'U' hopes to have a new AD in place by July 1. Joel Maturi resigned from the position earlier this month after 10 years in the role.

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