Indianapolis lawyer Jack Swarbrick was named the 12th athletic director of Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon.
Swarbrick replaces Kevin White, who took the athletic director position at Duke on June 1.
“I believe that I accept this job on the threshold of extraordinary change in intercollegiate athletics in America,” Swarbrick said. “I have my theories on what that change may entail and where the industry is headed, but I think they’ll be enormous. There’s much about this industry that you won’t recognize in 10 years. We must be at the forefront in that. We must participate in dictating that change. Notre Dame cannot have that dictated to it. And I love the challenge of accepting that responsibility.”
Swarbrick, a former lawyer with Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels LLP, is no stranger to prompting change. While the chairman of the Indiana Sports Corporation from 1992 to 2001, Swarbrick was instrumental in bringing the NCAA offices from Kansas City to Indianapolis in 1997.
Currently, he is working with Mark Miles, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, to bring the Super Bowl to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012.
“Jack is a Notre Dame person,” said Miles, who has known Swarbrick since 1985. “He kind of walks the walk and talks the talk. He believes in the university.