University of Michigan Tabs Turnkey Search to Conduct National Search for New Athletic Director

The University of Michigan has announced the hiring of Turnkey Search to conduct a national search to fill the University’s Athletics Director (“AD”) position.

“Turnkey is honored to assist such a great university,” said Len Perna, President & CEO of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of Turnkey Search. “We’ll listen closely to all corners of the Michigan community and conduct a thorough and inclusive process to make sure the University has a talented, diverse pool of candidates to consider, and lands the individual who is the very best fit.”

The Michigan search will be led by Senior Executive Director Gene DeFilippo. DeFilippo, former President of NACDA, has 30 years of hands-on experience in intercollegiate athletics administration, including 16 years as Athletic Director at Boston College and Villanova University. DeFilippo will be assisted by Len Perna and Carolyne Savini, SVP & General Manager of Turnkey Search and a former NCAA swimming and academic All-American at the University of Pittsburgh.

The position description is located on the Turnkey Search website.


Turnkey Search has been an industry leader since 1996, with a legacy of more than 1,000 executive search placements. Our success and differentiation is grounded in actual, hands-on operating experience in college sports (Gene DeFilippo) and professional sports and entertainment (Len Perna), supported by an experienced and diverse team of recruiters (led by Carolyne Savini and others) with unmatched subject matter expertise in sports and entertainment.


Please send all media inquiries directly to the University of Michigan Public Affairs Department. All inquiries made to Turnkey Search will be re-directed to the University of Michigan Public Affairs Department.


Rick Fitzgerald
Director of Public Affairs


Emily Huddell
Vice President of Marketing & Communications


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