Susan Herbst, Mike Aresco on Warde Manuel's departure from UConn
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The only downside to hiring fine leaders for key positions at UConn is that their experience and skills are sought after by other institutions across the nation, who also want to hire strong leaders.
When Warde Manuel, our Athletic Director since 2012, told me he was interested in the AD position at the University of Michigan, I was not at all surprised; Michigan is his alma mater where he spent years of his life as a student-athlete, playing football for Bo Schembechler, participating in track and field, and earning his degrees, later becoming assistant and associate AD there.
I was also not surprised when he was recently named to the position; Warde is a terrific AD and any university would be lucky to have him.
While we are sorry to lose him at UConn, we also understand how much the position at Michigan means to him and we wish him all the best.
Warde is expected to begin at Michigan in March. Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an Associate Athletic Director and is currently Chief of Staff in my office, will serve as interim AD.
We will begin a national search for a permanent successor immediately. I have appointed a committee to lead this search. They will serve in a critically important advisory capacity as we move through the process and I ultimately appoint our next AD. The members of the committee are:
Ø Andrew Bessette (’75) UConn Board of Trustees
Ø Scott Brown, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
Ø Andrea Dennis-LaVigne (’03), UConn Board of Trustees (Committee Chair)
Ø Doug Elliot (’82), President of The Hartford
Ø Thomas Ritter (Law ’77) UConn Board of Trustees
Ø Rachel Rubin (’77), Chief of Staff to the President & Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Ø Nancy Stevens, Head Coach, UConn Field Hockey
I look forward to a thorough and efficient search process.
Please join me in thanking Warde for his outstanding service to UConn and in wishing him all the best.
And here's what AAC commissioner Mike Aresco had to say:
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Warde Manuel on being named the new Director of Athletics at the University of Michigan and to thank and recognize him for the many and significant contributions he has made to the University of Connecticut and to the American Athletic Conference.
Warde has assumed important Conference leadership positions, serving with distinction as our NCAA Council representative and as Chair of our Athletic Directors Finance Committee. I have valued his counsel and friendship, as have his colleagues at our institutions and in the conference office. Warde was instrumental in helping to establish the strong foundation of the American Athletic Conference and has compiled a distinguished record at the University of Connecticut in support of the academic and athletic needs and accomplishments of UConn's student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
Please join me in thanking Warde and wishing him great success as he returns to his alma mater.