U Sports part ways with CEO Graham Brown after five years

U Sports CEO Graham Brown and Canadian swimmer Tera van Beilen display T-shirts at an announcement in Toronto. Brown and U Sports are parting ways after five years. (Frank Gunn/CP)

OTTAWA — Canadian university sports has parted company with chief executive officer Graham Brown and appointed Dick White as interim CEO of the organization.

Brown has been president and CEO of U Sports since 2015. White was previously athletic director at the University of Regina.

"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.

"He is also particularly well-equipped to help navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 environment and its profound impact on university athletics."

Canadian university sport rebranded itself during Brown’s five-year tenure to U Sports and expanded its digital platforms.

He thanked U Sports in the statement released by the organization.

"During this time, I was fortunate to lead a team of committed and talented staff members and to work with a board of senior leaders whose commitment to university sport was deeply appreciated," Brown said.

"I am proud of our progress in transforming our organization, through the rebrand from CIS/SIC to U Sports, and in heightening stakeholder awareness across Canada and internationally."

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