Vancouver, BC- U SPORTS has parted ways with Graham Brown after five years with him as President and CEO. Brown has been replaced by Dick White, who takes over the role on an interim basis.
The news was originally reported by Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, before being confirmed by others.
Brown has served as U SPORTS President and CEO 2015 and oversaw the 2016 rebrand from CIS-SIC to U SPORTS. Prior to his role in Canadian university sports, he had worked with Rugby Canada and the Ontario Hockey Association, all coming after multiple sports management and administration degrees at Canadian universities.
The former student-athlete himself has been on leave for the last number of months, so the parting of ways is not all that surprising. Dick White, who is taking over the role in the immediacy has long been involved with Canadian university athletics, most recently as the athletic director at the University of Regina. He has worked at U of R since 1981, when he was an administrative assistant, before moving into the director role in 1995. White is also a member of the Regina Sports and Canada West Hall of Fames.
“Dick White has been highly involved with U SPORTS over the years through several leadership positions with our board and its supporting committees and brings tremendous knowledge of the organization and our mandate,” U Sports vice-chair Pierre Arsenault said Tuesday in a statement. Graham thanked U SPORTS on his way out as well.
White will have the “interim” title for the time being, as the organization looks towards its next move for the positions.
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