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Dave Roberts, national athletics compliance leader, named interim director of athletics

He replaces Lynn Swann, who resigned after a historic three-year tenure.

Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts came to USC in the summer of 2010 as vice president of athletics compliance. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC will begin a national search after Lynn Swann resigned as director of athletics Monday. Dave Roberts, currently a special adviser to USC President Carol L. Folt, will serve as interim athletic director.

“Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan Family,” Folt wrote in a letter to the university community.

Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann has been USC athletic director since July 2016. (USC Photo/John McGillen)

During Swann’s three-year tenure as athletic director, USC athletes have won five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports. Student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and overall graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics.

Interim athletics director: national compliance leader

Roberts came to USC in the summer of 2010 as vice president of athletics compliance, and in 2017 was named winner of the National Association for Athletics Compliance’s highest award, the Frank Kara Leadership Award. In his current role, Roberts serves as the NCAA’s vice chair of the committee on infractions.

“His experience, relationships and understanding of collegiate athletics, including as a student-athlete at UC Davis, make him well-qualified to lead the department during this period,” Folt said.

Search committee for USC athletic director

Folt announced that the search committee, to be chaired by USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson, will include trustees, faculty representatives and two student-athletes.

“Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program. Our outstanding coaches, administrators and student-athletes work tirelessly every day both in the classroom and on the playing field, to embody the very best of the Trojan spirit.

“Our Athletics Department, working together with faculty and staff across the university, is focused on preparing all of our students for success in life, wherever they may go. We will keep our tremendous Trojan heritage and tradition of strength going forward in all of our athletics programs. There is so much to look forward to and I am excited about our future.”

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