Rutgers is set to announce its first ever female Athletic Director on Wednesday. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Louisville senior associate Athletic Director Julie Hermann is expected to be named Wednesday as the new Rutgers University AD, replacing Tim Pernetti who resigned "reluctantly" in April shortly after footage came to light of then-head basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players during multiple practices.
Hermann, 49, will become the first female to run Rutgers' athletic department in the 200+ years that the University has been in operation. According to Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger, she is also set to become one of just three women to hold the top job in a BCS program (N.C. State’s Debbie Yow and California’s Sandy Barbour), and is just the fourth AD for the school since 1973 (not counting brief stints by Carl Kirschner). The report says she was chosen Wednesday morning during an emergency voting session by the school's Board of Governors after Rutgers’ six-member Executive Athletic Committee came to a 3-3 tie in the vote with half the board giving the nod to Wisconsin's Deputy Athletic Director, Sean Frazier.
Hermann has been with Louisville's athletic department since 1998, most recently tasked with overseeing 20 of the school's 23 sports. The Cardinals as a whole are coming off one of their best seasons in Louisville history with a win in the BCS Sugar Bowl, a national championship for its men’s basketball team and a Final Four appearance in women's basketball.