COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri President Mun Choi declared nowadays that Desiree Reed-Francois, athletics director at UNLV, has been named as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for the college. Reed-Francois was picked adhering to a search led by UM Curator Jeff Layman and assisted by Parker Government Search.
“This is a transformational day for Mizzou Athletics,” Choi reported. “Desiree Reed-Francois delivers an unsurpassed enthusiasm for college student-athletes and bold, visionary competencies that will propel a championship lifestyle at MU. As a proud member of the SEC, we are energized to go into the following period of Mizzou athletics with Desiree Reed-Francois at the helm.”
Reed-Francois has additional than 25 a long time of expertise in intercollegiate athletics and was the 1st Hispanic female and female of coloration athletics director at the Soccer Bowl Subdivision (FBS) stage. She has served as athletic director at UNLV given that 2017. At Missouri, she will be the initially woman athletic director in MU record and the initial feminine athletic director in a community establishment in the SEC.
“It is really an honor to be part of Missouri’s flagship establishment, and I am exceptionally grateful to research committee Chair Layman and customers of the lookup advisory committee for this amazing opportunity,” mentioned Reed-Francois. “The University of Missouri is a entire world-class tutorial institution with a solid determination to athletics, and a take care of to further more greatly enhance its athletics systems to achieve elite nationwide position in all of our endeavors. We have a proud and storied custom we contend in the premier athletic convention in the place and, perhaps most importantly, we have a collective want to be great. My loved ones and I are psyched to be a part of the Mizzou Relatives, and I cannot wait around to get started off. Go Tigers!”
“She is a tough, dynamic, revolutionary leader who can enable develop upon Mizzou’s successes and place us to routinely compete for championships in the SEC and outside of. The SEC is the hardest meeting in the country, and we are poised for continued results with Desiree as our leader,” mentioned Layman, who was chair of the search committee. “I’m indebted to associates of the research committee for their tremendous effort. We experienced an exceptionally strong pool of candidates that demonstrates the shiny long term of Mizzou Athletics.”
“We’ve taken an unbelievable move forward,” reported Darryl Chatman, chair of the UM Board of Curators. “I’d like to extend my welcome and congratulations to Desiree Reed-Francois and Mizzou. This is a amazing hire, and I am fired up about the long term. Our student-athletes compete in the nation’s toughest convention and often have a national championship in their sights. I am energized for our pupil-athletes, our college, our supporters, our supporters and our condition. We are developing fantastic items here at Mizzou.”
“Desiree brings a assortment of high quality ordeals to college student-athletes as a chief on lots of campuses and in many conferences,” stated Greg Sankey, commissioner of the SEC. “As she continues to establish the University of Missouri athletics application, I glimpse forward to working with her in her new function as we keep on the development of the SEC – the strongest conference in the place.”
While at UNLV, Reed-Francois has employed head coaches in men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s soccer, softball, volleyball, and women’s monitor and industry, with a few of them by now earning Convention Mentor of the 12 months honors. The UNLV head coaching roster is the most diverse in its convention and among the the most diverse in the FBS.
Reed-Francois oversaw the opening of a new, $35 million soccer elaborate and effectively negotiated a joint use agreement with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders for UNLV’s use of the new $2 billion Allegiant Stadium. All through her time at UNLV, she has concluded or applied a lot more than $70 million in facility updates.
She also has tested fundraising skills, with UNLV Athletics increasing far more than $60 million, including an $8 million estate reward, the major estate present in the school’s historical past. Through her time at UNLV, soccer time ticket revenue and top quality income has jumped by 50% and 70% respectively, and Reed-Francois launched a new apparel arrangement with Nike, all with a target on building a powerful fiscal foundation for the business enterprise operations of UNLV Athletics.
Prior to UNLV, Reed-Francois served as the deputy athletics director at Virginia Tech and as a senior affiliate athletics director at the College of Cincinnati, in addition to stints at the College of Tennessee, wherever she was the initial woman to oversee men’s basketball in the SEC, California Condition University-Fresno, Santa Clara College, San Jose Condition University, the College of California Berkeley, and the College of San Francisco.
Reed-Francois gained a bachelor’s diploma from UCLA and a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona Faculty of Regulation. She is a member of the State Bar of California and taught law courses at the College of Tennessee and at Santa Clara University. Prior to her function in college athletics, Reed-Francois labored as a authorized associate for the Oakland Raiders and the NFL’s Management Council.
She also has participated in the Division I Athletics Directors Management Institute and Fellows Software, the Females Leaders in Higher education Sports’ Government Institute, and she now serves as vice chair of the NCAA Baseball Collection Committee and formerly was a member of the College Football Playoff Committee’s functions committee. In addition, Reed-Francois is a board member of the Nationwide Coalition of Minority Football Coaches. She is a member of the Countrywide Association of Collegiate Promoting Administrators and National Affiliation of University Administrators of Athletics and has been a presenter at NACDA, NACMA, Females Leaders, and Athletics Enterprise Journal’s yearly conventions.
She and her husband, Joshua, have a son, Jackson, who will be attending MU in Drop 2022 to review journalism.
The College of Missouri board will satisfy on Tuesday to approve the agreement. An introductory press conference will be held in coming days additional aspects will observe.