Turnkey Completes Pair of Placements at RU

Following a nation-wide recruiting effort led by Turnkey Search, Rutgers University Athletics has hired two new senior staff members: Michael Szul, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance, Administration and Planning; and Rick Thorpe, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs and Strategic Communications.

Szul joins the Scarlet Knights from West Virginia University, where he served as Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations at West Virginia University. Thorpe heads to New Brunswick from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he spent 5 years as the Athletic Department’s Associate Athletic Director for Sales & Fan Experience.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to welcome Michael, Rick and their families into the Rutgers community,” said RU Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. “Both Michael and Rick have extensive experience at BCS conference institutions. More important, they have skill sets to further our mission. As the only BCS school in the nation’s largest media market, our future at Rutgers is incredibly bright. The additions of Michael and Rick will help us to develop and realize this potential.”

Click here to learn more about Szul, Thorpe, and Rutgers Athletics.

Turnkey Search has been an industry leader since 1996, with a legacy of more than 1,000 executive search placements. Recent Turnkey Search clients include the University of Alabama, the Atlanta Hawks, CitiGroup, Louisiana State University, the University of Michigan, the Milwaukee Brewers, Monumental Sports, the Oakland Raiders, Richard Childress Racing, RocNation, Temple University, the University of Tennessee, Ticketmaster, Townsquare Media, the United Center, VStar Entertainment Group, and the Washington Nationals.

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