The report would be due back in three to four months, Fecher said. He did not name the company in the meeting.
Trustee Brittney C. Whiteside, who is the executive associate athletics director at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said she has also heard of a few similar companies.
Andrew Platt, another member of the committee, said he didn’t object to looking into what the companies could do for them and asking for a bidding process. He said his biggest concern was cost.
The members of the Special Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics decided to inquire about costs and get some estimates together at the end of the meeting. A decision would be made later.
The chair of the committee, Marty Grunder, said at the beginning of the meeting that the committee hasn’t made any final decisions yet.
“We have no preconceived notions of where this work will take us,” Grunder said. “We have a lot of information to gather and much to learn, to those who are passionate about Wright State athletics, who may be concerned by the very existence of this committee, I asked you to take a breath and relax.”
He added, “I think there’s a lot of things that that athletics brings to the table that maybe we don’t realize.”
Platt, who was captain of the golf team while he attended Wright State, applauded Grunder’s remarks. He said “I know I’m biased” when it comes to Wright State sports.
“Like you said, people like me just need to breathe,” Platt said.
The university recently announced plans to cut up to 113 faculty positions after several years of falling student enrollment. Discussion on a voluntary separation program, which faculty and WSU president Sue Edwards both advocated for, is expected to come Wednesday at a special trustee meeting. The meeting will be livestreamed at wright.edu/bot-stream.