Julie Hermann, the new athletic director at Rutgers University, is a lesbian and the mother of the 7-year-old son. Hermann did not come out in the media, but rather in her official bio posted on the school's website:
"Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a seven-year-old son, Aidan."
She was hired May 15 but the school only recently updated her bio to include personal information. She told ESPN she did not want to talk about her sexual orientation. "I'm really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community," she said.
Hermann was hired to replace Tim Pernetti in the aftermath of the firing of head men's basketball coach Mike Rice, who was caught on tape being physically and verbally abusive and using gay slurs towards his players. After being hired, Hermann faced her own set of allegations from her days as a volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee, where players said she verbally abused them. She has denied the allegations.
She is only one of three female athletic directors at a Division 1 NCAA school. I also think she is the only openly gay one, male or female, at a Division 1 school.