Brought in to clean up an athletic department plagued by physical abuse scandals, former volleyball players are accusing the new athletic director – their former coach – of physical abuse. The school issued the following statement:
STATEMENT BY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ROBERT L. BARCHI
IN SUPPORT OF INCOMING DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS JULIE HERMANN
May 27, 2013
Julie Hermann’s appointment as the next director of intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers University followed a rigorous and consultative selection process to ensure we had the best person for the position. We look forward to her joining Rutgers and leading the university through the coming transition into the Big Ten.
Julie was one of 63 individuals initially considered by the search committee and she swiftly stood out as a leading candidate. She ultimately emerged from a vetting process that involved multiple stakeholders from across the university and leaders in the sports community around the country. The search was coordinated by an experienced executive search firm and included a thorough background check conducted by one of the world’s leading private security firms.
Rutgers was deliberative at every stage of this process. Over the course of the search, Julie’s record established her as a proven leader in athletics administration with a strong commitment to academic success as well as athletic excellence, and a strong commitment to the well-being of student athletes. Since the announcement of her selection, some media reports have focused on complaints about aspects of her early career. Looking at Julie’s entire record of accomplishment, which is stellar, we remain confident that we have selected an individual who will work in the best interests of all of our student athletes, our athletics teams, and the university.