CHATTANOOGA — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced its final four candidates for the vacant athletic director position on Friday.
They are Jim Booz, the executive associate athletic director at Georgia; Gerald Harrison, Duke’s senior associate athletic director for internal affairs; Jeff O’Malley, Marshall’s associate athletic director and chief of staff; and Mark Wharton, Penn State’s associate athletic director for athletic development.
The candidates will be on campus next week, with interviews expected to take place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A decision is expected by the end of the month.
“I want to thank the members of the search committee for their hard work and commitment. We have an excellent pool of candidates, which speaks highly for the quality and reputation of our campus and our athletics program,” UTC chancellor Steven Angle said in a release.
Booz has familiarity with the state of Tennessee, having earned his undergraduate degree at UT-Martin and his master’s at Middle Tennessee State University. He has been involved in numerous institutional and national programs and committees, including the Presidential Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, the UVA Student Information Core Advisory Committee and the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors Strategic Planning Committee. Booz has also been an NCAA Peer Review Team member and Division 1-A Athletics Directors Institute participant.
Harrison graduated from Tennessee in 2001 and spent six years on the Volunteers’ football staff, ultimately following former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe to Duke when the latter took the head coaching job in 2007. He’s currently the administrator overseeing the football and fencing programs plus the strength and conditioning, athletic training and equipment groups. He also manages the athletic department’s human resources…