Terry Tumey, who guided the transition of the Dominican University athletics programs from the NAIA ranks to the NCAA Division II level since taking over as athletic director at the school in April 2009, has resigned to become the athletic director at UC Davis.
Tumey said Thursday that he will remain at Dominican through the end of the month to attend to unfinished business. The school is expected to appoint an interim athletic director later this month and school president Mary Marcy said the search for Tumey's successor is under way.
"We've done some great things at Dominican and Dominican has afforded me a lot of opportunities to go out and try to build an athletic entity there for the university," Tumey said. "And Dominican has been so supportive and the people there are wonderful. So this is very difficult. There is still unfinished business there in terms of seeing a lot of the success that we've built for the last couple of years.
"But sometimes when you have opportunities like this, you just can't say no to them. I appreciate Dominican for everything but this opportunity was a little too large to pass up."
During his tenure at Dominican, Tumey twice saw the school win the Pacific West Conference's Academic Achievement Award. Dominican also set team records at the D-II level in men's basketball and lacrosse. Additionally, men's and women's cross country programs were added and the school is expected to complete its "Field of Dreams" project — an athletics complex that includes a multipurpose synthetic turf field and six new tennis courts — this fall.
"Terry Tumey orchestrated Dominican's transition to NCAA Division II athletics, and in doing so focused on excellence in the classroom and on the playing field," Marcy said in a news release. "Our campus and our athletes are stronger for his leadership, just as they will be at UC Davis. We are grateful for Terry's many contributions to Dominican; UC Davis has found a strong leader, role model, and champion of the student athlete."
At UC Davis, Tumey will oversee an athletic department that features 23 varsity sports and has a $23 million annual operating budget. He was chosen from a field of four finalists after the school's nine-month search for its athletic director.
"In Terry Tumey, we've found the perfect person to take UC Davis athletics forward," UC Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in a news release. "In addition to over a decade of experience in athletics administration in the college and professional ranks, Terry brings acumen in financial planning and analysis — critical skills in these economic times — and personal experience as a successful student-athlete at UCLA."
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