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Presidential Perspectives: Minnesota’s Kaler, Wofford’s Samhat & Bryant’s Machtley

Guest Ronald K. Machtley, Bryant University; Dr. Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota; Dr. Nayef Samhat, Wofford College
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Presidents Ron Machtley of Bryant, Eric Kaler of Minnesota, and Nayef Samhat of Wofford join DHR Executive Search veteran Glenn Sugiyama to cover a number of facets & challenges within the current college athletics landscape. With a heavy focus on the President-AD relationship, this AthleticDirectorU discussion spans a wide variety of topics including name, image, and likeness, student-athlete transfers, and much more. From the 2019 Collegiate Coaching Consortium at the Men’s Basketball Final Four.


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  • - Panel introductions and backgrounds
  • - What is the optimal President-Athletics Director relationship?
  • - Thoughts on compliance and regulatory functions in college athletics
  • - Discussion on the student-athlete transfer process
  • - Thoughts on the on-going name, image, and likeness discussion
  • - How has the reality of your involvement with college athletics been different than what you assumed prior to becoming a CEO?
  • - What is your preferred communications method with the Athletics Director?
  • - Advice to new ADs on how they can gain the trust of the President
  • - How much are you involved in hiring coaches for high profile sports?
  • - When should a President make an official statement on something regarding athletics?
  • - Have you talked to your institutional advancement staffs about Operation Varsity Blues?
  • - What is your philosophy on the relationship between athletics development and institutional enhancement?
  • - How do you deal with athletics in a multiple campus system? (Kaler)
  • - Advice to ADs (Kaler)
  • - New initiatives on campus addressing mental health
  • - What do you look for when hiring a new AD?
  • - What are some of the impression cues you look for when interviewing AD candidates?