Julie Hermann reveals she's gay

CHICAGO -- New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann has acknowledged she is gay in her official university biography but says she wants to be judged solely on her ability as an athletic director.

"I'm really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community," Hermann told ESPN on Thursday.

The last sentence of Hermann's 453-word bio on Rutgers' official website says: "Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a seven-year-old son, Aidan."

Hermann is one of a few known athletic directors in Division I who has publicly acknowledged she is gay. She is one of only three current female ADs at the FBS level.

Hermann was chosen among 63 candidates to replace Tim Pernetti as Rutgers athletic director. She was hired on May 15. Recently, Rutgers' official website updated her bio to include her work history and family information.

Hermann attended Big Ten media days in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rutgers spokesman Jason Baum said the school always includes family information in the bios of its athletic directors.

Before taking the Rutgers job, Hermann was an executive senior associate athletic director at Louisville for 15 years. Hermann's family information was not included on Louisville's official website.

"Our staff reviews each bio annually, and she could have requested changes to do that," Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said.

In May, Hermann told ESPN she understood the amount of attention her hiring had drawn to Rutgers, which was reeling from the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice and the resignations of Pernetti, assistant coach Jimmy Martelli and interim senior vice president and university counsel John Wolf.

Rice was ousted after videotapes surfaced showing him verbally and physically abusing his players, including using anti-gay slurs.

Hermann spent weeks after her hiring at Rutgers undergoing scrutiny after it was alleged by volleyball players she coached at Tennessee in 1996 that they were verbally and emotionally abused by her. She denied the allegations.

"I feel I have lived a life of integrity and operate with integrity, but I am not a perfect person," Hermann said. "I knew it [the job] would be tough."

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