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Notre Dame appoints independent review of Sullivan accident

Nov 5, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

With the ongoing internal invesitgation into what happened surrounding the death of Declan Sullivan, Notre Dame announced that it is turning over the investigation to an independent reviewer. Peter Likins, the former president of the University of Arizona, will lead the process.

Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, had this to say about Likins.

“In selecting someone to review our investigation, I sought an individual experienced in higher education, with an impeccable reputation for integrity, intellect and independence,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “In Dr. Likins, we are fortunate to have just such a man. He brings numerous credentials to this assignment: as a world-renowned engineer; as a university administrator who served as provost at Columbia and president at Lehigh and Arizona; as a highly regarded member of numerous NCAA committees; and as a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Investigations and external reviews such as this take time, but I assure you that, when complete, we will issue a public report on the outcome, including information on the events of the afternoon of Oct. 27, any institutional ramifications, and recommendations for safety policies in the future.”

Likins was the 18th president of Arizona, serving from 1997 to 2006. He was also the president of Lehigh University and provost at Columbia University, where he was also the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He served on the Knight Commission board from 2004 until his retirement.