USC designates interim leadership after Bohn exit
Paolo Uggetti, ESPNMay 24, 2023, 09:10 PM ET In the wake of Mike Bohn’s unexpected departure as USC athletic director, the school is forming an interim leadership group comprised of one internal administrator as well as 3 external administrators, according to a letter addressed to the athletic department and obtained by ESPN.USC president
Carol Folt said in the Wednesday letter that Dr. Denise Kwok– the Trojans’ present executive senior associate advertisement for student-athlete advancement– will serve as interim executive administrator.Joining her will be 3
figures from outside the university in order to”make sure USC continues to operate effortlessly during the shift and finish its preparation for joining the Big Ten Conference, “Folt wrote. Those three people are previous Penn State and Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour, former Duke CFO and deputy of athletics Mitch Moser and previous Huge 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg.” This group brings depth, experience, and great competence in championship-level Department I intercollegiate athletics, including NIL, recruiting and centers management, operations, marketing, financing, and Big 10 conference procedures and treatments, “Folt composed.” They will enhance the leadership and personnel in our department and supply a broad national point of view on modifications occurring nationally.”Editor’s Picks Folt likewise said four internal individuals will consist of the transition group: incoming provost Andrew Guzman; senior VP and basic counsel Beong-Soo Kim; senior VP of HR, equity and compliance Felicia Washington; and presidential adviser Mark Merritt.The appointments come less than a week after Bohn remarkably resigned. Bohn, 62, had actually been a leading figure in revamping the football program by bringing Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma.While Bohn pointed out health concerns and the desire to hang out with his family in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, the paper reported that Bohn’s resignation came quickly after it asked him and the school about internal criticism of his management of the athletic department.According to the Times, six present and former USC workers said staffers inside the department had actually raised concerns about Bohn and his management approach. Several sources informed the Times that Bohn made improper remarks about the gown, hair and weight of ladies in the department, leaving staffers uncomfortable.Earlier this year, the university performed an internal review led by Gina Maisto Smith, a Philadelphia-based lawyer from Cozen O’Connor who has experience handling “sexual and gender-based harassment, violence, kid abuse, older abuse, other kinds of discrimination and harassment, office misconduct, and criminal conduct,” according to the company’s website.Bohn’s departure came at an important time for USC, which is heading into its final year as a member of the Pac-12 before leaving for the Huge Ten.Folt did not offer any updates in Wednesday’s letter about the timeline to hire Bohn’s replacement.