EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — The Northwestern Wildcats introduced their new leader in Evanston on Monday after some controversial months for the university.As Jury Deliberates In R. Kelly Sex Trafficking Case, What Impact Will Verdict Have On His Future Trials In Chicago?
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: Cook County Circuit Court Website Back Online, After Weeks-Long Outage Caused By Breach
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: Chicago Weather: Cold Front Passes Soon
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.