DHR completes search for Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association President and CEO

Sep 24, 2015

DALLAS- Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the successful placement of Tom McMillen as President and Chief Executive Officer for 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. The search was completed by Glenn Sugiyama managing partner and Pat Richter partner in DHR's specialized Sports Practice Group.

McMillen, who was chosen after a national search, will be a key component in the restructured 1A Association, which will move its headquarters from Dallas, Texas, to Washington, D.C. He is expected to help member athletics directors better navigate the rapidly changing landscape of collegiate athletics as the association expands its mission by providing increased resources in the areas of advocacy, legislative services, business analytics, and professional training.

Jack Swarbrick, vice president and director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame and chair of the 1A Association, made the announcement.

“I cannot imagine a more qualified person to lead us in these challenging times than someone who has known the highest levels of success as a student and an athlete, served his country in Congress, has experience as a regent at his alma mater, and has run successful businesses. Tom’s extensive background and expertise will enable him to become an effective voice for the association’s members in the national dialogue about college athletics and an effective strategist for implementing the priorities identified by them,” said Swarbrick.

McMillen replaces Dutch Baughman, the 1A Association’s longtime executive director and previously the director of athletics at Oregon State, Virginia Tech, and Furman and also an associate commissioner of the former Southwest Conference.

About Tom:
McMillen currently is chairman and CEO of the investment firm Washington Capital Advisors. He serves as a director of RCS Capital, a full-service investment firm, and of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, a media and broadcast company.

McMillen has been involved for many years in issues facing college athletics—as a student athlete, a Member of Congress, a founding member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and as a regent in the University of Maryland System.

McMillen is the former chairman and current treasurer of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, played on the US Olympic basketball team in 1972, and was a professional basketball player for 11 years in the NBA. Appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports in 1970 when he was a high school senior, he was later named co-chairman of the President’s Council in 1993, serving through 1997. He is also the author of Out of Bounds, a critical look at the influence of sports on ethics.

About Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association:
The Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association, a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of the directors of athletics at the 126 NCAA Division 1A institutions, engages in advocacy, legislative services, business analysis and training for its member athletic directors and their schools. The Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association has been in operation since 1986 when former Georgia Tech athletics director Homer Rice organized it.

About DHR International:
For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions more than 60 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base. DHR’s Sports Practice has successfully completed numerous search assignments for many public and private colleges and universities, professional athletic organizations, and corporations in the industry; providing the best leadership at all levels including athletic administrators, coaches, and corporate management. For more information on DHR International, visit www.dhrinternational.com.