Mississippi State officially welcomes Zac Selmon as new AD, he says 'we'll win with integrity'
When Zac Selmon was formally introduced as the new athletic director at Mississippi State on Friday, it was all about 2 words: class and integrity.
“In seeking a new Director of Athletics, we talked with some of the nation’s very best athletics department administrators,” said Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum. “After an extensive review of those outstanding candidates, I am convinced that in Zac Selmon we found an outstanding leader with a servant’s heart — a leader who has extensive experience at two Power Five universities and who understands and shares our relentless commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in our Bulldog athletics programs — all of them.”
Zac Selmon: "We'll win, but we'll win the right way. We'll win with class, and we'll win with integrity."
— Theo DeRosa (@Theo_DeRosa) January 13, 2023
— Mississippi State Athletics (@HailState) January 13, 2023
Selmon, 37, is a son and nephew of the famed Selmon Brothers — Oklahoma’s Lucious, Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon. Keenum remarked about how Zac Selmon “grew up with powerful examples of winning at the highest levels and doing so with a deep commitment to sportsmanship and scholarship. Winning and winning the right way is in Zac Selmon’s DNA.”
Keenum also said that Selmon’s “servant’s heart” and his experience at Power 5 athletics administrations were “key components” in him getting the job.
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Selmon accepted the position as the Bulldogs’ 18th athletics director after an accomplished career at Oklahoma on the executive leadership team.
Along with his celebrated family, Selmon has worked for 2 respected athletics directors — North Carolina’s Bubba Cunningham and Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione. Selmon served as associate athletics director and special assistant to Cunningham at North Carolina before heading to OU to join Castiglione as senior associate athletics director, chief of operations, in 2015.
Selmon replaces John Cohen, who left to become the AD at Auburn last year.