USGA begins search for executive director

USGA begins search for executive director


USGA begins search for executive director

Dust off your resume.

The USGA has posted a job description on its website ( for the executive director position, with details of how to apply.

David Fay, who held the post for the past 21 years, announced his resignation on Dec. 24 and stepped down a week later.

No search firm will be engaged. Instead, a search committee consisting of Jim Hyler (current president and committee chair); Glen Nager and Tom O’Toole (incoming vice presidents); Martha Lang (incoming chair of the women’s committee) and Jim Vernon (immediate past president) has been formed. Hyler said they are committed to choosing as the USGA’s next director an individual ingrained in the golf industry.

The USGA has made clear that the successor must have senior management experience in the golf industry.

“We think that is a relatively small pool of people,” Hyler said. “We know who a bunch of those people are, and we have some excellent internal candidates. We didn’t think it was necessary to engage an outside firm.”

Hyler would not disclose the names of candidates under consideration. The objective is to hire Fay’s replacement in the next 90-120 days, said Rand Jerris, the USGA’s managing director of communications.

A Jan. 7 posting on provides a broad description of the job’s responsibilities: “The ideal candidate must be ready, willing and able to work with the president/CEO and the executive committee to develop and implement a strategic plan that will carry the USGA successfully through the next two decades, keeping the Association well-financed, fiscally sound and relevant in an ever-changing and increasingly international sport.”

The USGA’s Form 990, which nonprofit organizations must file to the Internal Revenue Service, sheds some light on the pay grade. According to the USGA’s 2009 filing, Fay earned a base pay of $578,760, and $773,599 when deferred compensation, other compensation, and nontaxable benefits are included.


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