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FSU Concludes Seven-Week Search With The Hiring Of Duke's Stan Wilcox As New AD
Published August 8, 2013
KEPT UNDER WRAPS: In Tallahassee, Ira Schoffel notes Barron over the course of his seven-week search for a new AD "made at least four trips to interview candidates for the position," and some of those candidates "were sitting athletic directors." After "settling on a group of four finalists, Barron was determined to tap into the wisdom of other opinions." He had five members of FSU’s AD search advisory committee "to travel with him to Atlanta last Sunday for a series of interviews." When the committee members arrived, they "didn’t even know the names of the people they were about to meet." Over the "course of a full day, they interviewed each candidate for about 90 minutes." Secrecy was "paramount for Barron because he didn’t want to lose the right candidate because of compromised confidentiality." In a day and age "when social media makes it nearly impossible to keep anything a secret for long, he deserves credit for accomplishing that goal." The reaction to Wilcox' hiring was "unanimous -- that the Seminoles and Barron had hit a home run." People "raved about his personal skills and integrity and work ethic." However, if there is "one hole in Wilcox’s resume, it’s that he doesn’t appear to have a great deal of experience in business development or generating revenue" (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 8/8).