Towson AD Hermann resigns after four years

Search committee to be formed to find successor

June 17, 2010|By Conor O'Neill, The Baltimore Sun

After nearly four years as Towson University's athletic director, Mike Hermann resigned this week.

Hermann, whose resignation was made official Tuesday and was first reported in the Towerlight newspaper Thursday, said that although the resignation was not planned, "it was in the best interest of the program, given the overall situation at hand."

He said he is proud of the progress made in Towson athletics.

"I feel great about the things that have happened in the last four years," Hermann said. "We're starting to see some signs of that success over the past four months."

The men's and women's lacrosse teams were ranked in the Top 20 at times this spring, and the men's golf team captured a conference championship.

"His resignation presents him with the opportunity to move forward with his career goals," said Marina Cooper, assistant to the president for external relations and communications. "It also presents our athletics department with a chance to move forward."

Cooper added that the university would name an interim athletic director next week. There will be an announcement of a search committee to find a permanent replacement.

Also included in the search process will be a "blue-ribbon task force," which will provide analysis of the best possible candidates to be interviewed.

"We would hope to have someone hired by the end of the summer," Cooper said. "We start classes at the end of August, so that gives us a couple months."

Hermann was named the seventh athletic director at Towson on July 1, 2006.

During his tenure, the women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse, men's golf and men's soccer teams reached the NCAA playoffs.

Graduation rates for Towson athletes under Hermann's leadership have remained more than 10 percentage points higher than those of the student body. All 20 of the university's teams have met the NCAA Academic Progress Rate standard during his tenure.

Attendance records have been set in football and men's basketball during Hermann's time at Towson.

Hermann said he does not know what his next move will be but added that he will explore all possibilities with his family in mind.

conor.oneill@baltsun.com

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