FREDERICK, MD.--Richard "Dick" Dull, who has served as a director of athletics for five different institutions since 1981, has joined the Hood College office of institutional advancement team as project manager/advancement athletics.
Dull brings a wealth of senior-level experience in administration, public relations, marketing and advancement to his new post as the College continues its quest to fund a new gymnasium and fitness center.
A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in political science, Dull received his juris doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1971.
Dull returned to his alma mater in 1981 as the director of athletics for Maryland's 18-intercollegiate sport department, which consisted of 100 athletic staff members. During his five-year tenure in College Park, annual giving jumped from $1.8 million to $2.8 million as did Maryland's gross revenues from $3.7 million to $9 million. Dull was instrumental in securing a $45 million, five-year television deal with Raycom-Jefferson Teleproductions (CBS and NBC) for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He also served as chair for the ACC's athletic directors for two consecutive terms.
Attendance at Terrapin football games increased from 30,000 in 1981 to 52,000 in 1985 after Dull hired Bobby Ross as football coach. Ross and his staff presided over three consecutive ACC football championships and four consecutive bowl appearances. The Maryland men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final 32 every year from 1983 to 1986, including two Sweet 16 berths. The women's basketball program experienced similar success, advancing to three NCAA tournaments and the 1982 Final Four. Maryland women's lacrosse team achieved the pinnacle of intercollegiate supremacy by winning the NCAA Division I national championship in 1986.
In November of 1986, Dull shifted gears a bit in order to try his hand at marketing when he accepted the position of marketing and public relations director for Sports Travel International, an agency which coordinates sports-related travel for large groups and teams. Over the next eight-and-a-half years with STI, Dull focused on coordinating tours led by well-known sports personalities. He also assisted with the travel efforts for various intercollegiate athletic programs.
In June of 1995, Dull returned to athletic administration as the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. At this public Division II institution, Dull took the lead on implementing a comprehensive self-examination of compliance with Title IX and gender equity for the University. The study produced an increase in operating budgets and salaries for the Lopers' women's intercollegiate athletic programs and coaching staff. His men’s and women’s basketball teams routinely were selected to play in the NCAA playoffs. In addition, the volleyball and softball teams advanced twice to the NCAA Elite 8 National Championships.
Most recently, Dull served as the transitional director of athletics at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. The Crusader athletic department added four new sports (men's and women's track and field and men's and women's tennis) during his tenure. Dull hired the head coaches for these new sports, as well as the coaches in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, baseball and softball.
Prior to stepping in at Belmont Abbey, Dull served as the director of athletics and executive director for athletic facilities advancement at California State University Northridge from 1999-2006. Dull initiated a $16 million capital campaign to revamp the Matadors' athletic facilities. He enacted a comprehensive five-year strategic plan which included the development of a men's basketball television package. Dull also worked closely with numerous major donors and secured contracts with CEO's and senior administrative officers at nationally acclaimed companies.
Dull also spent one academic year at Division III Moravian College, a private liberal arts college in Bethlehem, Pa. As the Greyhounds' director of athletics, Dull reorganized the blue and grey club, an athletic support group, which increased financial giving by 100%.
A former standout on the Terrapin track and field team, Dull was the ACC champion in the javelin in 1966. He also won the 1966 Penn Relays Championship of America javelin throw as well as claiming the javelin title at back-to-back ACC-SEC meets. In 2005, Dull was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.