USM athletic director resigns, accepts new position

USM athletic director resigns, accepts new position

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced that he has resigned and has accepted a new position at the University of San Diego Monday.

According to, McGillis accepted the position of associate vice president and executive director of athletics at USD.

He will leave USM in mid-January and start his new position on Jan. 23, 2017.

McGillis posted an open letter regarding his resignation to

It has been an unbelievable privilege and true blessing to serve as the Director of Athletics at Southern Miss and to call Hattiesburg our home.  Quite simply, we are at a point in our life and career at which resetting our priorities is important.  The University of San Diego presents a very special opportunity to return to the West Coast to be near both my, and my wife Margie's, entire families and to serve one of the great Catholic universities in America -- critical factors that make this the right decision for our family.

In July 2013, McGillis was named director of athletics at USM. He is a native of the West Coast, according to

Zac Woodfin, head of USM's strength and conditioning program, will assume McGillis duties on an interim basis, but he is not a candidate for the position permanently, said Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett. A national search will begin immediately to find McGillis' successor.