Consultants hired to help select Razorbacks athletics director and head coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The University of of Arkansas has enlisted consultants from Korn Ferry to vet candidates for the Razorbacks' athletics director as well as DHR International to assist with the finding a new head football coach.  

On Tuesday, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz met with members of an advisory committee assembled to provide guidance throughout the search for an athletics director.

“The search for an athletics director is progressing quickly and there are a number of talented individuals we are considering,” Steinmetz said. “The input from the advisory committee has been invaluable. They truly represent the passion our state has for the Razorbacks and understand the importance of this position. The consultants will help us complete the evaluation process. We understand speed is of the essence and are working to name a new leader as quickly as possible.”

Korn Ferry, which is by many accounts the nation’s top executive search firm, will be used on a consultative basis for outreach, referencing and vetting final candidates for the athletics director position. The costs associated with this service will be paid for using private funds. 

The search for the Razorbacks' 33rd head football coach will be a collaboration between interim Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples and DHR International. 

“This past weekend we engaged with DHR International to work with us on our head football coach search,” Cromer Peoples said. “DHR International has an excellent reputation in our business and has already provided tremendous assistance to us in this process. With the number of vacant coaching positions in our league and around the nation, it is important that we move forward expeditiously and efficiently in finding the next head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks.”

DHR International operates one of the largest sports practices in the executive search industry. They will be compensated with private funds from the Razorback Foundation Inc., a separate and self-supporting nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity, that serves as the fundraising arm of the University of Arkansas Athletic Department.

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