Derrick Gragg

Getting to know Derrick Gragg

Derrick Gragg became the Vice President for Athletics & Recreation at Northwestern University in June 2021. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Gragg comes to Evanston with a long and distinguished career as an athlete, coach and administrator as well as a diversity and inclusion advocate. Gragg was a wide receiver...
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Athletic Director Derrick Gragg condemns visiting fan’s anti-Asian gestures at men’s basketball game

Content warning: This article contains mentions of racist gestures. Athletic Director Derrick Gragg condemned a visiting fan’s anti-Asian gestures toward Northwestern students during Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against Wisconsin. The letter, which denounced the “abhorrent and racist actions” of the individual, stressed the ongoing effort to combat...

What new Northwestern AD Derrick Gragg said during introductory press conference

There’s a new athletic director in Evanston. On Monday, Northwestern University held its introductory press conference for new athletic director Derrick Gragg. He was recently named the new leader of the athletic department, replacing longtime AD Jim Phillips, who took the job as the ACC commissioner. Gragg had previously been...

Northwestern hires Huntsville native Derrick Gragg as athletic director

EVANSTON, Ill. — Long-time athletic director and diversity and inclusion leader Dr. Derrick Gragg has been named Northwestern University's new Combe Family Vice President for Athletics & Recreation, President Morton Schapiro announced Friday. Gragg is a Lee High School alumnus and the NCAA's senior vice president for inclusion, education and...

Northwestern introduces new athletic director Derrick Gragg

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern’s athletic administration situation is officially settled. Dr. Derrick Gragg was introduced as the Wildcats new athletic director Monday. “This is a destination job. There are 130 FBS positions like this across the country. Fortunately, for me, I’ve had two of them in the last 15 years, but this is an elite program. It’s separated itself” noted Gragg. “Most importantly, this feels like home.”
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In introductory press conference, incoming athletic director Derrick Gragg shares goals for NU, view on future of college athletics

Incoming athletic director Derrick Gragg shared his goals for Northwestern athletics, his views on the student-athlete experience and his support for a renovation of Ryan Field in an introductory press conference Monday. The event took place at Ryan Fieldhouse, where University President Morton Schapiro and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin...

Derrick Gragg is introduced as athletic director at Northwestern — which got a 2nd chance at the wish-list candidate after a month of turmoil

As Northwestern searched for an athletic director to fill the role Jim Phillips held for more than a decade, Derrick Gragg’s name came up as a wish-list candidate. When the university reached out to request an interview, he decisively passed, preferring to concentrate on his fairly new job as the NCAA vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement.

Northwestern Introduces Dr. Derrick Gragg As New Athletic Director; He Will Focus On Inclusion, Engagement, And Community Involvement

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The Northwestern Wildcats introduced their new leader in Evanston on Monday after some controversial months for the university. Dr. Derrick Gragg replaces Mike Polisky as athletic director. Polisky resigned after 10 days, following campus protests since he is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Northwestern Hires NCAA Executive Derrick Gragg as AD

Northwestern hired NCAA executive Derrick Gragg as its athletic director Friday, the school's second time filling the position in a little more than a month. Mike Polisky, a longtime deputy AD at Northwestern, was promoted to the job May 3 but stepped down amid backlash because he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Big Ten school by former Wildcats cheerleaders.

Derrick Gragg tapped to be next Northwestern Athletic Director

Northwestern University announced Dr. Derrick Gragg as the school’s new athletic director Friday morning. Gragg, who most recently served as the NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement, will be the first person of color to serve in the role in school history. “I am thrilled and...
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Northwestern hires former Tulsa AD Derrick Gragg

Northwestern hired NCAA executive and former University of Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg as its athletic director Friday, the school’s second time filling the position in a little more than a month. Mike Polisky, a longtime deputy AD at Northwestern, was promoted to the job May 3 but stepped down...