EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The Northwestern Wildcats introduced their new leader in Evanston on Monday after some controversial months for the university.Chicago Weather: Storms Headed Our Way After Midnight; Damaging Winds And Heavy Rain Possible
Gragg’s hiring seems like the right fit – having previously led the University of Tulsa’s program – and he most recently worked with the NCAA on inclusion, engagement, and community involvement.READ MORE: Years After Promise Of $100,000 From State And Photo-Op Prop Check, AMVETS Post 14 In Clinton, Illinois Has Not Seen A Dime
He will attempt to grow the same efforts in Evanston.
“I’m looking forward to that, because I think particularly now during the social justice movement – which is the biggest social justice movement that’s occurred during my lifetime – you really have to lean in with people – and particularly our young people. I say this all the time – young people, they initiate and spark and keep social justice movements going, and so I’m looking forward to engaging with them and having critical conversations that matter; creating action plans,” Gragg said. “The one thing that we cannot do is ignore them, and whether that’s faculty, whether that’s students, whether that’s constituents, I look forward to touching base with all of them.”MORE NEWS: Some Residents Say A Bears Move To Arlington Heights Would Benefit Community, Others Say It Would Bring Unwelcome Traffic And Crowds
Gragg has big shoes to fill after longtime athletic director Jim Phillips left to run the ACC. Northwestern hopes they got it right the second time around.