Illinois finally hires search firm to help find permanent AD

The University of Illinois is still looking for a full-time AD since firing Mike Thomas last month, but have only just hired a firm to help search for the perfect candidate, according to a report.

This is highly unconventional, as the university had previously used an eight-person committee to find a candidate, including two who were contacted by their university emails. For those unaware, that’s considered a big no-no for matters like this as even if the target candidate has no interest in the job, the fact that they are potentially soliciting new work through their school email server creates a rough look.

The report also cites Illinois as using “peripheral associates,” which is really just a fancy way of saying “I know a guy who knows a guy.”

But let’s not also forget that Illinois is searching for a full-time AD, but has also been giving interim man Paul Kowalczyk and acting chancellor Barbara Wilson basically free reign to do what they please. The two even extended interim coach Bill Cubit’s contract by two years, so what on earth is going on?

The good news is that Korn Ferry, the search firm that has just been hired, should help clean up any mess that has been made so far and, in time, should find the perfect candidate for Illinois.

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