University of Arkansas plans to hire Derrick Gragg as new athletic director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — UPDATE: A representative of the university said, "nothing has changed in the searching process." The school is vetting candidates and said no decision has been made.

ORIGINAL: The University of Arkansas plans to hire Derrick Gragg as the school's new athletic director. Gragg served for five years as vice president and director of athletics at the University of Tulsa, according sister station 5NEWS.

The news comes two days after Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced that The University of Arkansas has enlisted consultants from Korn Ferry to vet candidates for the Razorbacks' athletics director and DHR International to assist with the finding a new head football coach.

Gragg spent six years at the University of Arkansas before his appointment at Eastern Michigan. He joined Arkansas in 2000 as an associate athletic director and was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 2003 and then to deputy athletic director. In his tenure at Arkansas, Gragg was involved in various areas including: athletic administration, sport program oversight, marketing, sports information, recruitment, budgeting, student-athlete support, compliance, facilities and game management, fund-raising and research.

- The Universty of Tulsa website

Gragg is a native of Huntsville, Ala. and has been in athletic administration since 1993, at his alma mater Vanderbilt where he played wide receiver. Gragg received his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas in May of 2004 and also taught during his tenure there as an athletic administrator.

Gragg earned his bachelor’s degree in human development in 1992. He then earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 1999.

Steinmetz announced Jeff Long would no longer be the athletic director on Nov. 16. Razorback head coach Bret Bielema was fired after the Hogs' final football game against Missouri on Nov. 24.

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