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Teague's First Year As Minnesota AD Sees Major Staff Changes, Facilities Plan Delays
Published June 18, 2013
CHANGING ALL THE TIME: In Denver, John Henderson wrote of the evolving role of college ADs, "Rising budgets. A nonstop facilities arms race. Shrinking support from the state. An athletic director must have a skill set that goes well beyond hiring coaches." Utah AD Chris Hill said, "Business helps, but not at the expense of relationships with coaches. People are marked by who they hire." Seven Pac-12 ADs have been "hired within the last five years." Every one but Stanford's Bernard Muir, who was an AD at two other schools, "has a business or strictly fundraising background." Arizona AD Greg Byrne said, "(Fundraising) has always been important but the pressure (is) on you to fundraise successfully, not only to support your annual budget through your annual gifts but also because you are trying to find a way to pay for millions and millions of dollars of infrastructure support." Washington AD Scott Woodward "knows a business acumen is required" for the job. He said, "It's very important. You need to be able to read a spreadsheet. You need to understand financing, especially when you're doing big capital projects. You have to have some background in capital construction and you obviously have to have experience in fundraising" (DENVER POST, 6/16).