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November 6, 2017

Faculty, Staff, and Students:

I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director of Athletics, John Hardt. John will officially assume his duties at the University of Richmond with the start of the new calendar year, 2018.

John brings an outstanding record of dedicated service having led for the past 18 years a very competitive Division I athletics program at Bucknell University, like Richmond, a highly selective, private, liberal arts university. John graduated from the college of liberal arts at the University of Iowa and earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa Law School. John’s earliest years in collegiate athletics were spent working in the important area of athletic compliance. As a senior athletics administrator, he has helped ensure high levels of performance among student-athletes both on the field of competition and in the classroom. Aside from having won the Patriot League President’s Cup 18 times in the 27-year history of the Patriot League, Bucknell is also a leader in Academic All-America honorees, ranking in the top 20 nationally alongside many universities with much larger populations of student-athletes. I know that John is eager to work with his new colleagues across campus to ensure that student-athletes at the University of Richmond continue their proud tradition of athletic and academic success.

I am very grateful for the work of the search committee in helping the University attract and evaluate excellent candidates for this position. I am also grateful for the dedicated service of David Walsh, who, as interim athletic director, provided important leadership during this transitional time.

The press release announcing John’s hire is available here. John is meeting with our Athletics leadership team and head coaches today and I look forward to introducing John to our community when he returns to campus on November 15.

Ronald A. Crutcher


September 1, 2017

Dear Members of the University Community,

I write to inform you that next week we will be launching the search for our next Director of Athletics. I have asked Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Hale to chair this important search; members of the search committee are listed here

We have engaged Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA), a firm that specializes in senior college athletics administrator searches, including recruitment work for many highly selective institutions with Division I intercollegiate athletics programs. CSA founder and President, Todd Turner, who will head his firm’s efforts in our search, is familiar with the University of Richmond. Todd has previously led strategic planning efforts within the University’s athletics department and was the search consultant for the 2012 search that brought us Keith Gill, our former Director of Athletics. Todd and his colleague, Brad Bates, who previously served as Director of Athletics at Boston College and Miami University (Ohio), will be on campus next week to meet with the search committee and other members of our University community. We are optimistic that we will be able to complete this search by the conclusion of the fall semester and that a new Director of Athletics will join our community in early 2018.

This website will include the latest information about the search and more detailed information. If you would like to provide candidate recommendations or input regarding the search, please use this email address:

This exciting opportunity will surely attract a number of top candidates nationally. We look forward to identifying and hiring a Director of Athletics who will work effectively across the University of Richmond community to lead our pursuit of both athletic competitive success and educational excellence.


Ronald A. Crutcher