Richard Margison

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Richard Margison served as interim Athletics Director at UAB from 2005 to 2007.

Margison, then UAB Vice-President for Finance and Administration, was named interim Athletics Director on December 12, 2005 following the resignation of Watson Brown from the post to concentrate on his football coaching duites.

During his short 14-month tenure, Margison was responsible for hiring Mike Davis as the Blazer's fourth head men's basketball coach, Brian Shoop as the new baseball coach and Neil Callaway as the third head football coach in 2006. His tenure ended on February 14, 2007 with the promotion of Brian Mackin to the Athletics Director position.

Early life

A native of Cortland, New York, Margison was an outstanding basketball player at Cortland High School and later at the State University of New York at Albany. While at SUNY-Albany, Margison was an honorable mention All-America basketball performer and as of 2017 was still is listed among the school's all-time leaders in scoring.

Academic Administration

Margison's early career included seven years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the position of Controller – Budget Director.

Margison then spent 21 years at the University of Illinois, most of those in the role of Associate Vice President for Business and Finance. While working at Illinois, he was closely involved in Fighting Illini athletics, serving on the Athletic Board of Control.

Margison came to UAB as Vice President for Financial Affairs and Administration, serving from 1998 to 2014.


Margison and his wife, Lynn, have two grown sons, Ramsey and Blake.

Preceded by:
Watson Brown
UAB Blazers Athletic Director
Succeeded by:
Brian Mackin
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