CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is pumping the brakes on its search for a new athletic director.
UTC chancellor Roger Brown announced Monday he plans to retire at the end of the month, rather than his previous plan to stay on through early 2013. As a result, UTC will shift its focus to hiring a new chancellor before moving forward with its AD search.
"It's going to be really important that the new chancellor have some idea of the pool of candidates (for the athletic director position) and have a chance to talk about that," Brown said Monday. "We will wait until there's a small pool of candidates for chancellor, which should happen in the next two or three months, then reach out to those people to make sure they feel like they've had some input in the process (of hiring a new AD)."
Brown said it notified its search firm, Collegiate Sports Associates, of the change and received its full support.
Laura Herron has served as interim athletic director since Rick Hart left for Southern Methodist University in July.
The longtime UTC athletic department staffer told our media partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press she doesn't mind staying on a bit longer.
"We always said we'd make no major changes during my tenure, and that will stand," Herron told the TFP. "We'll keep operating day to day, keep winning games, and hopefully people will come out to the games."