Oregon taps interim AD

Lorraine Davis will serve as Oregon's interim athletic director on a month-by-month basis until a permanent replacement for Mike Bellotti is found, the school announced Friday.

Bellotti resigned on March 19 to become a college football analyst for ESPN.

Davis, who joined the Oregon faculty in 1972, is the school's former vice president for academic affairs. She will begin as interim AD on April 20.

As part of the university’s tenure reduction program, Davis has continued to serve in part-time employment since retiring in June 2006. Currently, Davis oversees academic support services for student-athletes, and is deputy administrator of the E.C. Brown Foundation and Trust, a philanthropic health education organization. She also chairs the vice provost for enrollment management search, which is expected to be completed soon.

“For many years, I’ve worked in varying roles to connect academics and athletics on campus and I am willing to take on an even greater responsibility as interim AD,” Davis said in a statement. “I appreciate the president’s confidence in my ability to contribute and lead the department and look forward to working closely with employees during this transitional period.”

The national search for the permanent athletics director will involve members from the university administration, coaches and staff, along with Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott and others. Oregon President Richard W. Lariviere has selected Robin Holmes, vice president for Student Affairs, to chair the committee.