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January 5, 2017

Juhl heading AD search


Former Pitt AD Scott Barnes

Randy Juhl will chair the search committee that will recommend candidates for Pitt’s athletic director.

Scott Barnes, who had served as Pitt’s AD since July 1, 2015, last month accepted the AD position at Oregon State.

Juhl, retired vice chancellor and dean emeritus of pharmacy, chaired the University’s last athletic director search committee and also was instrumental in the recruitment of Pat Narduzzi as head football coach. Juhl served as Pitt’s acting athletic director in 2015.

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said: “I am very grateful that Randy Juhl has agreed to chair this committee. Randy is widely respected, both personally and professionally. He has been a tremendous asset in our past searches and his experience will be invaluable as we identify outstanding candidates to be our next athletic director.”

Juhl said he appreciates the opportunity to serve Pitt in leading the search.

“I wish Scott Barnes and his family the very best and want to express appreciation for his important contributions to Pitt,” Juhl said.

“We will now conduct a full-scale national search and I’m confident we will attract some excellent candidates for what is an exceptional opportunity.”

Gallagher additionally announced that the search will be assisted by DHR International, an executive search firm that Pitt has partnered with on past recruitments.

Appointments to the search committee, as well as information on transitional leadership for Pitt athletics, are expected to be announced in coming weeks.


Pitt also is looking for a new Panthers offensive coordinator following the departure of Matt Canada after the Dec. 28 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Northwestern. Canada has become offensive coordinator at Louisiana State University.

As offensive coordinator and quarterback coach this season, he guided a Panther offense that ranked No. 10 in the nation in scoring (42.3) and averaged 447.5 total yards per game. The Panthers also led the nation in red zone touchdown percentage at 82 percent.

Said Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi, “When you hire great people and have success, your staff will always be in demand. I’m confident we will find another outstanding person and professional to continue our momentum.”

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