STANFORD -- Stanford named Bernard Muir as its new athletic director Friday, ending a search that spanned nearly three months.
Muir spent the past three years as the athletic director at Delaware. Before that, he held the same post at Georgetown. He is also a member of the NCAA basketball selection committee.
Muir, 44, did not lay out a blueprint for his tenure during a media session Friday afternoon but talked in general terms. He hopes to "foster a greater family atmosphere" and "support the student-athletes and the coaches."
Muir grew up in Gainesville, Fla., and played basketball at Brown. He has worked for the NCAA and was the deputy athletic director at Notre Dame in 2004-05 when the Irish hired Stanford football coach Tyrone Willingham.
He spoke to Willingham, and several other former Stanford coaches, before taking the job.
"They all spoke so fondly of the place,'' said Muir, who is close friends with Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour; they worked together at Notre Dame.
"Bernard Muir has a national reputation as a superb athletic administrator," Stanford provost John Etchemendy said. "He also has a deep personal understanding of what it means to be a scholar-athlete, performing at the very highest levels both academically and athletically."
Muir is the first African-American athletic director in Stanford history and joins a department that is among the most diverse in major college athletics: The Cardinal
Muir replaces Bob Bowlsby, who left after six years to become the commissioner of the Big 12.
Muir will begin work in mid-August.