Rutgers names Julie Hermann AD
New Brunswick, NJ (Sports Network) - Rutgers has selected Julie Hermann as its new athletic director, replacing the ousted Tim Pernetti.
Hermann, who spent the last 16 years within the athletic administration at Louisville, will become just the third female athletic director at a BCS school, joining North Carolina State's Debbie Yow and California's Sandy Barbour.
Her hiring comes just over one month after Rutgers made national headlines for the athletic department's controversial handling of actions involving former head men's basketball coach Mike Rice, who was dismissed on April 3 after revelations of player abuse became public. The incident led to Pernetti's resignation shortly afterward.
Most recently, the 49-year-old Hermann held the positions of senior associate athletic director and senior women administrator at Louisville. During her time at Louisville, she oversaw 20 of the Cardinals' 23 sports.
"My colleagues on the search committee and I understood that this was a critical appointment for the university," said Rutgers executive vice president for academic affairs Richard L. Edwards, the co-chairman of the school's search committee. "Julie Hermann has helped Louisville become a national leader in athletics, while working to provide a quality academic experience for student-athletes."
Louisville is coming off a successful year which included a BCS bowl victory in the Sugar Bowl, a national title in men's basketball and the women's basketball team reaching the Final Four.
She will guide the Scarlet Knights through a transition year in the newly named American Athletic Conference, formed after the Big East's split into two leagues, before the school begins play in the Big Ten Conference starting in 2014.
"Rutgers is poised to soar," said Hermann. "With a world-class faculty and academic reputation, a strategic location and the power and reach of the Big Ten, the university is positioned to create a best-in-class experience for every student who accepts the challenge to learn and compete at Rutgers."
Pernetti came under fire for his decision to only suspend Rice when he first learned of the coach's questionable practice habits. Rice was originally punished with a three-game suspension and a $50,000 fine for his actions.
No details were initially given for Rice's suspension in December, but once a videotape that showed him physically and verbally abusing players surfaced in an ESPN Outside the Lines segment, a public outcry spawned that ultimately led to Rice's firing. Pernetti resigned two days later on April 5.
05/15 15:18:34 ET