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Feb. 21, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU names Derrick Gragg intercollegiate athletic director

YPSILANTI - Derrick Gragg, deputy athletic director at the University of Arkansas, was named today as the new athletic director for Eastern Michigan University.

 
Derrick Gragg
Derrick Gragg

In making the announcement, John A. Fallon, president, said Gragg brings an impressive record in athletic administration to EMU. “Derrick has served as a senior-level athletic administrator at four Division I institutions and received accolades for his work at each. He has the administrative skills, and the vision for what a program at this level should be, that make him a perfect fit for Eastern Michigan University,” Fallon said.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Eastern Michigan University team,” Gragg said. “EMU has a sound program, administrative support and outstanding coaches and student-athletes. I believe that together we can build upon those strengths to restore a winning tradition in athletics.”

Gragg joined the UA athletic department in 2000 as an associate athletic director. In 2003, he was promoted to senior associate athletic director and then deputy director. During his tenure at UA, he was responsible for a variety of areas including: athletic administration management, sport program oversight, marketing, recruitment, budget, student-athlete support, compliance, facilities and game management and fundraising and research.

Prior to joining the UA, Gragg was an assistant athletic director at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and director of compliance at the University of Missouri. He also served as director of student life at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Fallon introduces Dr. Gragg at the 2/21 press conference
“Derrick is highly-regarded within the intercollegiate athletic community,” Fallon said. “He is an engaging leader who has a passion for the value of athletics and a total commitment to student-athletes and coaches. His recommendations were outstanding.”

A former collegiate wide receiver, Gragg lettered four years at Vanderbilt University while earning his bachelor of science degree in human development in 1992. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University in 1999 and his doctorate of education in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas in 2004.

He is a frequent presenter at NCAA conferences, has published several articles on intercollegiate athletics, and is co-author of a national study on sports-related gambling.

He and his wife, Sanya, have a daughter, Desha, 11 and two sons, Avery, 7, and Phillip-Raymond, 3.

Additional information about Dr. Gragg is in this Focus EMU story.

THE DERRICK GRAGG FILE
Name: Derrick Lamont Gragg
Born: Nov. 19, 1969 - Huntsville, Alabama
High School: Lee (Graduated in 1988)

College: Vanberbilt University - graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in human development
Wayne State University - graduated in 1992 with a master’s degree in sports administration
University of Arkansas - completed work on his doctorate in higher education administration in 2004

Married: Wife: Sanya (Whittaker)
Daughter: DeSha (10-25-93)
Sons: Avery (3-11-97) and Phillip-Raymond (3-14-01)

Intercollegiate Athletics Experience

2000-2006 University of Arkansas: 2003-06 Deputy athletic director; Senior associate athletic director; 2000-03 Associate athletics director and director of compliance
1997-2000 University of Michigan Director of compliance
1995-97 University of Missouri Director of compliance and operations
1993-95 Vanderbilt Academic counselor for two years, director of student life for his final year

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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