Tim McMillen was recently named as the new president and CEO of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. He was placed by Glenn Sugiyama, managing partner of DHR International’s Sports Practice.
McMillen is a former congressman and regent at the University of Maryland. He has given himself 45 days to establish a strategic plan for the association and is going to use that time to talk to athletic directors and establish a deeper understanding of their needs from a trade group. He’ll also look to grow the association’s revenue streams, which essentially consist of dues and sponsorships.
“I have a lot going on, but this is an interesting challenge,” said McMillen. “I’ve been involved in college sports my whole life, one way or another, and I see this as a chance to give back and make a difference in college athletics.”
Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s AD and association chairman, said McMillen’s hiring represents the start of a significant reform effort.
“We must play a bigger role in shaping how we meet the needs of our universities and our students,” Swarbrick said during McMillen’s announcement.