- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama-Birmingham has announced its next athletic director.

High-ranking Temple athletics administrator Mark Ingram will head the UAB’s recently football-deprived athletic program, the university announced Friday in a news release.

Ingram has deep roots in the south, having both played football and worked at Tennessee, AL.com reports (https://bit.ly/1I5iCXb). Until his hiring, Ingram had been Temple executive senior associate athletics director. He has also spent time at Georgia and Missouri.

Ingram was selected by a search committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters. One of three finalists for the job, Ingram was picked over Iowa State’s David Harris and Arkansas’ Jon Fagg.

“In a deep pool for impressive, qualified candidates provided by our search firm, Mark Ingram emerged among the top of that very strong group,” search committee chairman Dr. Harold Jones said in a statement.

Ingram replaces Brian Mackin, who stepped down days before UAB announced it was disbanding its football program.

In December, UAB President Ray Watts unexpectedly announced his decision to shut down football and two other sports. Watts cited finances when he announced the decision, but he has since faced protests from students and fans, as well as a no-confidence vote from the school’s Faculty Senate.

Ingram’s background is in development. He played a lead role in Tennessee’s Capital Campaign, which raised $335 million.

UAB will officially introduce Ingram at a reception May 5 prior to a UAB home baseball game.

His arrival comes before the school gets the results back from College Sports Solution’s review of the decision to axe football. CSS’ report is expected to be submitted by May 15 and should determine whether football is viable at UAB.

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