"I'm not terribly concerned about the past," Turner said Saturday, when asked about a series of scandals which have beset the Washington athletic department in the last year. "I'm more focused on what lies ahead. You can't always control what happens, but you sure can control the way you respond."
Turner will receive a reported five-year contract worth $325,000 in base salary.
"We ended up with absolutely the right person for this job, and I couldn't be happier how the process went," said incoming university president Mark Emmert, the former chancellor at LSU.
Vanderbilt reassigned Turner last September as part of a major overhaul of the athletic department. Turner declined to stay on after being assigned to a position in which he would serve as a liaison on academic reform matters. He served Vanderbilt as Director of Athletics from 1996 to 2003.