SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jack Swarbrick graduated from Notre Dame the same year as the university president, yet the Rev. John Jenkins never heard of him until a few weeks ago.

On Wednesday, Jenkins stood in a room atop the Hesburgh Library with a view over Notre Dame Stadium and introduced his fellow 1976 classmate as the university's new athletic director.

"I am confident that in Jack Swarbrick we have found a superb athletic director for the University of Notre Dame," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said because Notre Dame is a Catholic university with high academic standards and a storied football program, "Notre Dame athletics is unconventional, and its leader must bring an unconventional set of skills and experiences to the job."