Univ. Of Utah Hires USF AD Mark Harlan To Replace Chris Hill
The Univ. of Utah hired USF AD Mark Harlan to the same position to replace Chris Hill, who "officially retired Friday morning" after 31 years, according to Christopher Kamrani of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Harlan, who grew up in L.A., arrived at USF in '14 after serving as UCLA Senior Associate AD "for four years." During Harlan’s time at USF, the school "won 12 conference titles." It was "announced just six weeks ago that Harlan signed a new three-year contract extension at USF, which would have kept him as the AD" through at least '20-21, but the "chance to move to Utah and back to the Pac-12 was just too compelling." Harlan has a "stellar record in fundraising." USF "opened a $750,000 student-athlete center last fall and recently the university had announced plans" for a $40M football center. USF athletics had its "highest-ever annual fundraising total" ever in '16-17. Harlan’s "stellar history as a fundraiser might’ve played a role in him getting the job, while many considered" Utah Deputy AD Kyle Brennan, a protege of Hill, the "frontrunner for the position." Harlan will "owe USF $262,500" as "part of a contract stipulation if he resigned prior to July 1, 2020" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/3). In Utah, Dirk Facer noted Harlan will be formally introduced at a press conference today at Rice-Eccles Stadium and will "begin his duties" on July 1. Utah President Ruth Watkins "chose Harlan after a national search and input from an advisory committee of university faculty, administrators, coaches, former athletes and community leaders" (DESERET NEWS, 6/2).
WHO'S GOT NEXT? In Tampa, Joey Knight wrote speculation about Harlan's successor at USF is "almost certain to remain local." Prominent candidates "likely will include" Pro Football HOFer Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Sports Commission Exec Dir Rob Higgins (a '16 SBJ/SBD Forty Under 40 honoree) and USF softball coach Ken Eriksen. Harlan is "credited with quickly homing in on -- and hiring" football coach Charlie Strong (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 6/2).