Review of AD Alleva underway

The University announced Friday that President Richard Brodhead has appointed a committee for the regular review of Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.

Performance reviews of senior administrators, required by the Faculty Handbook, are typically conducted every five years and result in the presentation of a confidential report to the president.

Alleva, who has held his position since 1998 when he was hired by former president Nan Keohane, is due for a regular review.

The committee, chaired by Trustee Emeritus Harold Yoh, Engineering '58, is comprised of faculty members, administrators and trustees.

"The process is just a matter of gathering information and talking to many people within the University community," Yoh said. "It does not have to do with [Alleva] continuing on or not. It's just a presentation of what we believe about the job that's been done and what our expectations should be."

A member of note on the Director of Athletics Review Committee is James Coleman, who chaired the Lacrosse Ad Hoc Review Committee in the spring of 2006.

The Ad Hoc Committee was responsible for the investigation into the conduct of the lacrosse team-and the subsequent University response-in the five years preceding the March 13, 2006 incident in which three members of the team were indicted on charges of sexual assault.

The report found that administrators responsible for the athletic department failed to "adequately convey to [then-head coach Mike] Pressler any sense of alarm" in regards to the team's off-the-field behavior and questioned the decision to give Pressler an unprecedented contract extension.

The Committee will be collecting information until June 22, and Yoh said he hoped to be finished with the process as soon as possible, presenting findings to Brodhead near the end of July.

"These reviews are done very conscientiously at Duke, and I will value the committee's findings," Brodhead wrote in an e-mail..


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