Tulsa hires EMU athletic director Derrick Gragg as new AD, VP following Parmley's dismissal

TULSA - The University of Tulsa has named a new vice president and athletic director.

Derrick Gragg was elected to serve in the dual posts Wednesday. Gragg spent the past seven years as the AD of Eastern Michigan University. Prior to that, Gragg worked at Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri and Vanderbilt over a 20-year span.

"Our search committee was presented with an impressive field of applicants for this position, and Derrick stood out as an exceptional candidate," said TU president Steadman Upham.

Former athletic director Ross Parmley was fired in December after a federal investigation into a high-profile gambling operation named him an "admitted gambler." 

READ: 'Tulsa fires AD Parmley amid FBI gambling investigation'  (http://bit.ly/ParmleyAD)

"TU has seen several key changes in the past year, and a handful of questions remain with regard to NCAA compliance and conference realignment," Upham said. "We feel that Derrick's history of integrity and excellence is well-suited to manage those issues and keep our university and its athletic program moving forward. 

Gragg will make his first official appearance with the university at 2 p.m. Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center President's Suite.

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