UConn names interim athletic director, search committee

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:53 PM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst has named her chief of staff as interim athletic director and appointed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Warde Manuel.

Manuel, who ran athletic department for the last four years, was introduced Friday as Michigan's new athletic director.

He will be replaced on an interim bases by Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an Associate Athletic Director before becoming Herbst's chief of staff.

Rubin also will be a member of the committee that will conduct as national search to find a new AD.

That committee also includes three members of the school's Board of Trustees — Travelers executive and former Olympic athlete Andy Bessette; former state House Speaker Tom Ritter; and Andrea Dennis-LaVigne. It also includes Scott Brown, the school's NCAA faculty athletics representative; Doug Elliott, the president of The Hartford, and field hockey coach Nancy Stevens.