Southern Miss names Bill McGillis as new AD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss President Dr. Rodney Bennett introduced Bill McGillis as the university's new Athletics Director Thursday. McGillis is currently the Associate Athletic Director at South Florida.

As part of his duties at USF, McGillis has been in charge of the department's long-term strategic plan, which included a transformation of the USF Athletics District.

McGillis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Florida and graduated from the Sports Management Institute Executive Program in 1996.

He served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Evansville from 2002-2007. Before that, he worked at the University of New Mexico and the University of Houston

A Seattle native, McGillis and his wife Margie have five children ranging in age from five to 22.

Southern Miss has been searching for a new athletics director since Gen. Jeffery Hammond's contract was not renewed.  At that time, Dr. Bennett set up a search committee, and said Southern Miss would have a new director of athletics by the time the 2013 football season kicked off.

WLOX Sports Director AJ Giardina is in Hattiesburg for the announcement and will have more details later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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