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University of Michigan officials announced that they are launching a national search for the school’s next athletic director.

“I have decided that the time is right to launch a national search for a permanent athletic director,” said University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel in a press release.

Jim Hackett, who has served as the interim AD since 2014, is not a candidate and didn’t wish to be in that position permanently, according to Schlissel.

A search advisory committee has been appointed to help with the process. Characteristics the University of Michigan is looking for in the next AD:

• The highest levels of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.

• A strong commitment to the health, safety, personal development and academic success of the university’s 900 student athletes.

• Commitment to developing competitive men’s and women’s sports teams that have the opportunity to compete each year for Big Ten and other championships.

• Demonstrated experience and a strong personal commitment to advancing all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Knowledge of intercollegiate athletics administration, skill in fiscal management and insight into the challenges and opportunities of Division I athletics in an academic research setting.

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