BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University officially has a new permanent athletic director after the Board of Supervisors lifted the interim title from Roman Banks' title.
Banks has served as the interim director and head basketball coach for more than 18 months as the university dealt with problems with NCAA compliance and academic progress rates (APR).
"I was pleased to recommend Mr. Roman Banks to assume the role of athletic director for Southern University on a full-time, permanent basis," said Dr. Ray L. Belton, Southern University System President. "Having served in a dual role as interim athletic director and head men's basketball coach during a particularly challenging period, Coach Banks provided solid leadership and gained the respect and support of his colleagues, student-athletes, alumni, and stakeholders. His appointment will ensure a seamless transition to continue moving the department in a positive direction."
As interim athletic director, Banks guided the Southern athletic program through post-season bans handed down by the NCAA and oversaw the recovery of accurate data used for APR scores.
During that time, Banks also continued to serve as the university's head basketball coach.
With Banks' appointment to the full-time AD position, basketball associate head coach Morris Scott will take over as the basketball team's interim head coach.
"We are confident that Scott will continue guiding the team and players in a manner consistent with its record of success and growth," said Belton.
Scott has served the last six seasons as an assistant under Banks including a pair of SWAC Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. He was also on staff during Southern's 2013 season when the Jaguars won their first SWAC regular season title since 2006.
"Morris Scott has been a key figure in our bid to return the men's basketball program to prominence since my arrival at Southern in 2011," Banks said. "His knowledge of the history and tradition associated with Southern Basketball is unparalleled and he has relentlessly pursued those student-athletes who embodied the traits we valued as a staff in producing a winning culture."
Banks and Scott both assume their new roles on Saturday, April 1.