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Johnson picked as interim AD, search committee members selected

WSU’s athletic department has its interim leader and the committee who will help pick the next one.

Kirk Schulz

Just one day after long tenured athletic director Bill Moos left Washington State University for the University of Nebraska, WSU president Kirk Schulz has named his interim replacement. Senior associate director of athletics John Johnson will be in charge of the department starting Wednesday, according to a release from the school. He will not be in the running for the full time position.

“John is an outstanding administrator and a fierce advocate for the Washington State University athletics program,” Schulz said in the release. “I couldn’t ask for a better-qualified individual to make sure that Cougar athletics continues to excel as we search for WSU’s next athletic director.”

The school also announced who would be on the search committee, which will get to work right away.

  • President Schulz
  • Jack Thompson
  • June Daugherty
  • Gary Schneidmiller, WSU Class of 1971
  • Abu Kamara, Chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and T&F athlete
  • Nancy Swanger, Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Greg Rankich, WSU Class of 1994

WSU announced on Sunday they’d be retaining a search firm to help them find their next athletic director, though no announcement of any hire was made in the release. Johnson will be giving a press conference tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

If you want to give your input on the search for the next athletic director, you can do so here.