UA forms advisory committee for athletics director

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Former Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery speaks during the 'Coach's Quarter: A Celebration of Coach Broyles' Life and Career' banquet at the John Q Hammons Center in Rogers on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
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Former Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery speaks during the 'Coach's Quarter: A Celebration of Coach Broyles' Life and Career' banquet at the John Q Hammons Center in Rogers on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

— A seven-member advisory committee has been appointed to help Arkansas find a new athletics director.

The committee is comprised of Arkansas women's track & field coach Lance Harter; former Arkansas golfer and LPGA Tour member Stacy Lewis; former Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery; University of Arkansas professors Gerald Jordan and Peter Mackeith; Razorback Foundation Board of Directors member Rick Massey; and Ben Hyneman, chairman of the UA Board of Trustees.

The committee was formed by UA Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz and Interim Athletics Director Julie Cromer Peoples.

“I sought to assemble a committee representative of the university, spanning past and present in our academics and athletics history, with knowledge and perspective about Arkansas, and, notably an appreciation of the source of pride the Razorbacks are for the state of Arkansas,” Steinmetz said. “I have great faith in the approach that each of these advisors will bring to the process and I’d like to thank these folks for their time in this endeavor.”

It is unclear when the committee will meet. No public deadline has been announced for naming an athletics director to replace Jeff Long, who was fired for convenience last Wednesday.

Calls from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to three committee members were not immediately returned.

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