June 1, 1999 Vol. III, No. 17

University Names Dull as New Athletic Director

Veteran Athletics Administrator/Attorney Due to Start July 1

Dick Dull, an athletics administrator with more than two decades of broad experience, has been named Cal State Northridge's athletic director starting July 1. The hiring was announced by CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson and incoming CSUN Interim President Louanne Kennedy.

Dull has been director of athletics at Moravian College, a private liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pa. since May 1998. Previously, he ran the athletic programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from mid-1995 to mid-1998, and the University of Maryland College Park from August 1981 to October 1986.

"Dr. Kennedy and I are pleased that Mr. Dull has accepted the athletic director's position, for we believe he will benefit the university, our athletes and the surrounding community," Wilson said. Dull will take over from Sam Jankovich, who served as CSUN interim athletic director this year.

Dull, 53, who is also an attorney, said his two immediate priorities at CSUN will be to solidify support for the intercollegiate athletic program and to expand its fund-raising capability. "I think the No. 1 priority is to heal whatever issues may have developed over athletics with faculty, staff, students and the community," Dull said.

CSUN's athletic program consists of 20 teams, 10 men's and 10 women's, mostly in the Big Sky Conference. The program includes about 500 student-athletes and has an annual budget of about $7 million. The women's basketball and indoor and outdoor track and field teams were spring 1999 conference champions.

Dull was hired after a five-month, nationwide search by the university. CSUN received nearly 50 applications for the athletic director's job. A nine-member search committee headed by Faculty Athletic Representative Tom Shannon narrowed the list to four finalists, including Dull, who participated in on-campus interviews.

Wilson said she was impressed with the breadth of Dull's experience, including that he had headed athletic programs at all three levels in the National Collegiate Athletic Association: Division I at Maryland, Division II at the University of Nebraska, and Division III at Moravian College.

Kennedy added that Dull had been tested by past controversy and emerged from it a stronger leader. After the June 1986 cocaine-overdose death of basketball All-American Len Bias drew national scrutiny to the University of Maryland, Dull left college athletics and spent the next nine years until mid-1995 as marketing director for a firm that arranged sports-oriented tour packages.

At Moravian College, Dull oversaw 16 sports, eight men's and eight women's, with an athletic budget of about $1.5 million and about 20 full-time staff. Five of the 16 teams, four women's and one men's, were conference champions this year. Dull said track and field sports have been the school's main athletic draws.

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dull's program led its conference in the number of honor roll student-athletes in 1996-97 and negotiated a corporate sponsorship program with Nike. At Maryland, his program increased athletics gross revenues from $3.7 million to $9 million over five years, and increased annual giving to athletics from $900,000 annually to $2.8 million.

Dull earned his law degree and bachelor's in political science from the University of Maryland. Once at CSUN, he will report to Interim University President Louanne Kennedy. Initially he plans to live in an on-campus apartment and will draw a starting salary of $110,004.

-John Chandler


June 1, 1999

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