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June 23, 2017

COLBY COLLEGE
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COLBY COLLEGE

Jacob Olkkola, an administrator and former coach who has held leadership roles at the University of Delaware and Harvard University, has been named the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics at Colby College following a national search. In this role Olkkola will oversee the continued transformation of Colby athletics into one of the nation’s premier Division III programs. Read More.

June 20, 2017

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Southern Utah University announces Deborah Corum as interim athletic director following the departure of Jason Butikofer who will join Purdue University as the deputy athletics director. Corum will fill the position after serving as the senior associate athletic director – senior woman administrator since May of 2016 where she provided leadership and direction with respect to academic services, Title IX liaison, student-athlete welfare, community relations, sport supervision, and as a member of the executive leadership team. Butikofer has been a part of two Big Sky Championships (2015 football and 2015 men’s cross country) and has hired five new head coaches. From 2015 to 2016, Southern Utah advanced 11 spots nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup, a program that honors institutions which maintain a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s. Read More.

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE
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LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Lackawanna College is pleased to announce the appointment of Joya Whittington as its new Director of Athletics. Whittington currently serves as the College’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach and previously held the position of Senior Women’s Administrator within the College’s Athletic Department. Whittington takes over the Lackawanna College Athletics program that features 13 sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, wrestling, and soccer for men, and basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball for women. Read More.

June 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA

Although there is no timetable for the replacement of former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga vice chancellor and athletic director David Blackburn, there will most certainly be a lot of interest for the position. And because of Blackburn’s success, his replacement will have a tough standard to meet. One of the primary responsibilities — and perhaps the most daunting task — for the next AD is to attempt to increase fundraising that could aid in the completion of projects around campus and help retain head coaches who might otherwise be pulled away by other programs. – Gene Henley, Times Free Press. Read More.

June 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

The Times Free Press has learned that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga vice chancellor and athletic director David Blackburn is expected to resign from his position. The move could be made as early as today, according to multiple sources. According to a source, Blackburn’s resignation is not discipline-related, but will still serve as a major blow to an athletic department that experienced lots of success during his four-year tenure. He came to UTC in 2013 from Tennessee, where he’d spent more than 20 years as a member of the Vol athletic department. -Gene Henley, Times Free Press, Read More

June 12, 2017

SALISBURY UNIVERSITY
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SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

Gerry DiBartolo, long-time coach of Salisbury University’s men’s soccer team, is SU’s new athletics director. DiBartolo has held the position on an interim basis for the past two years. While interim director, DiBartolo oversaw the opening of Sea Gull Stadium, considered one of the best in Division III, and Sea Gull Softball Stadium. Also under development are new men’s and women’s soccer fields, intramural turf fields and a new baseball stadium. Athletics has continued its winning ways over the last two years, including two national championships in men’s lacrosse and four individual national championships in track & field. – NJAC. Read More.

June 7, 2017

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Following the retirement of former director of athletics Bill Klika, current Associate Director of Athletics Roger Kindel has been named the director of athletics on an interim basis. He served as the Devils Head Men’s Basketball Coach for 28 years, and has been in his current role as Associate Director of Athletics since 1980. His 328 wins at the helm of the men’s basketball program represent the most in program history, and was honored by the conference with Coach of the Year honors five times. Read More.

UNLV
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UNLV

New UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois had only been on the job for 48 hours when she talked to the Sun about her priorities for her first days on the job, her reaction to the Runnin’ Rebels’ recruiting haul and dorm life on campus. “I contacted the director of housing and said, ‘Can I rent a dorm room over the summer?’ It was important to me to be a part of the campus and get to know our campus and see how our student-athletes live. They were gracious enough to rent me a dorm. It’s been a wonderful experience. I love my commute!” – Mike Grimala, Las Vegas Sun. Read More.

June 5, 2017

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Presbyterian College and President Bob Staton announced Monday the addition of Danny Sterling as the new Director of Athletics. He will start immediately, becoming the 2nd AD in PC’s NCAA Division I history. Sterling just completed his eighth year as Athletic Director at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. While there he was responsible for the day to day operations of the athletic department, a multi-million dollar budget, a staff of 45, and over 300 students. He was instrumental in the development of all strategic and financial planning, as well as athletic revenue generation and development initiatives. Read More.

June 2, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Paul Krebs, Vice President for Athletics, has announced that he will retire from his position at The University of New Mexico, effective June 30, 2017. Krebs’ 11-year tenure with the Lobos produced an unprecedented run of success in terms of championships, academic achievement and fundraising. Krebs had the second-longest tenure all-time among Mountain West Directors of Athletics. Read More.

May 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

University of New England President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D., has announced that Vice President of Student Engagement and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald will step down effective September 1, 2017. McDonald, who is stepping down for personal reasons, reflected on his time at UNE saying, “The past two years have been two of the best of my career due to the outstanding leadership of President Danielle Ripich, UNE’s talented and dedicated staff and coaches, and our tremendous student-athletes. The university is a very, very special place, and I have enjoyed working on UNE’s beautiful ocean-front campus and surrounding beaches.” Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

Five people are in the running to become the new athletic director at UW-Whitewater, which demoted its previous athletic director last year. The five finalists, announced May 19, are:Todd Garzarelli, senior associate athletic director for external affairs at State University of New York at Buffalo. Mark McHorney, director of athletics/associate dean of students at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Steven Schofield, deputy director of athletics/external operations at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Jason Verdugo, director of athletics at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. William Weidner, vice president for institutional development and director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico. – Gazettextra. Read More.

May 30, 2017

USC UPSTATE
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USC UPSTATE

USC Upstate AD Lee Fowler is expected to announce his retirement in the near future, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reports. Fowler was appointed AD on an interim basis in May of 2013 and given the full-time job in October of 2013. Prior to taking over at USC Upstate, Fowler severed as athletic director at Middle Tennesse from 1994-2000 and NC State from 2000-2010. While the Spartans have yet to officially announce Fowler’s plan, the university did post a job opening late Tuesday afternoon. Collegiate Sports Associates will aid USC Upstate in the search.

May 25, 2017

ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY
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ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY

Rockford University has named Jason Mulligan as its new Director of Athletics. Mulligan will assume his duties as head of Rockford’s NCAA Division III athletics programs on June 1, 2017. Mulligan brings with him an extensive background in coaching and administration at both the collegiate and high school level. He has spent 11 years at two top-tier NCAA Division III institutions, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Mulligan has spent the past five years as the athletic director at Western Boone High School, located just north of Indianapolis, Ind. During his tenure, the program claimed 22 conference, sectional and regional championship titles in both girls and boys programs. Mulligan also helped oversee improvements on nearly all of the Western Boone athletic facilities. Read More.

May 23, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

University of Hartford President-Designate Gregory S. Woodward has named Mary Ellen Gillespie as the University’s new Director of Athletics, it was announced on Tuesday. Gillespie, who currently serves in the same position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will begin her duties on July 10, 2017. A native of Sayville, N.Y., Gillespie has led Green Bay athletics since 2013. Under her guidance, the department has seen strong growth in both leadership and revenue generation. – Read More

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Donna Woodruff will become the next Athletic director at Loyola University Maryland. Woodruff joins Loyola after spending the last 13 years at Stony Brook University where she has served as the Deputy Director of Athletics since July 2014. At Stony Brook, Woodruff is the highest-ranking member of the Director of Athletics Senior Executive Team with oversight of 115 department staff members and a budget of $30 million. She joined the school on Long Island in May 2004 as an associate athletic director and senior woman administrator before garnering a change in title to senior associate director of athletics after just one year. Woodruff oversees the Seawolves’ capital planning, financial operations, human resources, facilities and events, student-athlete development and compliance, among other areas of responsibility. In 2011, she was a recipient of the NACWAA Administrator of the Year for her work with the Seawolves. –Read More

May 22, 2017

MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Kurt McGuffin, director of athletics for Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., has been named the new director of intercollegiate athletics for the University of Tennessee at Martin. He initially visited the UT Martin campus for an open forum April 19 and is expected to begin work June 28. McGuffin has been with Missouri Western State University for almost six years, where he has been involved in budget management and fundraising, facility enhancements, student-athlete academic improvements and the addition of new athletic options. Read More.

May 19, 2017

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San Jose State’s search for an athletic director came to a relatively swift conclusion. The Spartans have called a news conference for Friday afternoon, two weeks after the deadline for applications. As of early Friday morning, SJSU had not publicly identified its selection. But interim AD Marie Tuite is expected to be promoted to the permanent post, according to sources. Tuite arrived at SJSU in 2010 and has twice served as interim head of SJSU athletics. – Jon Wilner, Mercury News. Read More.

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Northeastern University athletic director Peter Roby will retire in June 2018, concluding more than 15 years of service to the university, including 10 as the director of athletics and recreation. In Roby’s first 10 years, Northeastern reached new levels of success on the field of competition, capturing seven regular season conference championships, 17 postseason conference championships, two Women’s Beanpots, and eight New England Championships in track and field. In addition, 15 teams reached their respective NCAA tournaments; several individual performers qualified for swimming and diving and track and field NCAA championships; and the men’s rowing team advanced to the IRA Championships nine times in the past 10 years.
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May 18, 2017

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Erin Kido has been named Eastern Michigan University’s interim vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics, EMU President James M. Smith announced today, May 18. She begins the new role May 20 while the university completes a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director. Kido is in her third year as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration for EMU’s  athletic department. EMU is currently in the midst of a nationwide search for the next vice president/director of athletics with the objective of completing the process and having a new athletic director in place this summer. Kido along with University General Counsel Gloria Hage are co-chairing the Search Committee that will be instrumental in determining the finalist candidates. –Read More

May 17, 2017

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
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FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

Fairfield University athletic director Gene Doris will be stepping down from his position, Hearst Connecticut Media had learned. Doris, 68, who has been at Fairfield since 1994, will remain with the university, reporting directly to new president Mark Nemec – who starts his new job on July 1 – while a national search to find his replacement gets underway. Once a new athletic director is hired, Doris will work as a special advisor for the new AD until the end of the year. The university is expected to make the official announcement today. – Chris Elsberry, CT PostRead More

MOUNT MARTY COLLEGE
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MOUNT MARTY COLLEGE

Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton, South Dakota, announced today that Chris Kassin will be the new athletic director at MMC. Kassin will assume responsibility for the athletic department effective July 1 and work closely with current, longtime athletic director Chuck Iverson, who announced in January his plans to retire in June 2018. Iverson will move to the assistant athletic director role for his final year of service at MMC. A graduate of the University of South Dakota (USD) with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Master of Public Administration, Kassin comes to MMC after serving as assistant athletic director at USD, where he worked with an athletic development team that raised nearly $15 million in 2016. Read More.

May 15, 2017

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Michael Alford, a senior executive with a history of fundraising and marketing in college and professional athletics, today was named associate vice president and director of athletics at Central Michigan University. Alford, currently the senior associate athletics director for administration and development at the University of Oklahoma, replaces Dave Heeke, who left CMU on April 1 to become the vice president of athletics at the University of Arizona. –Read More

May 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Athletic Director Keith Gill, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Gill has served as the athletic director since 2012. During that time, Richmond Athletics won 14 conference championships, including the first ever for men’s lacrosse and women’s golf. Football participated in three consecutive NCAA playoffs, including advancing to the semi-finals and the quarter-finals. Crutcher announced that deputy athletic director, David Walsh, will serve as interim athletic director and that a search for the Spiders’ next athletic director will be launched. –Read More

May 5, 2017

GREENVILLE COLLEGE
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GREENVILLE COLLEGE

Greenville College has announced that Tom Ackerman, Associate Athletic Director and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, has been promoted to the position of Athletic Director in a realignment of leadership in the department. Current Dean of Athletics and Professional Studies Doug Faulkner is going to reassume responsibilities as Dean of Professional Studies and Professor of Sport Management. Read More.

May 2, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO

Jim Schmidt, Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has announced that he will officially retire from the position on August 1, 2017, following 22 years at the helm of the Flames and 36 years overall at UIC. Permanently named UIC’s fourth Athletic Director on December 11, 1996, Schmidt is the longest-serving person in that position in the Horizon League. A national search will begin immediately to identify Schmidt’s successor. UIC plans to have a new Director of Athletics selected and in place by August 1, 2017. –Read More

April 20, 2017

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Following a nationwide search, Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley today announced she has named Andy Fee to head her Department of Athletics. Fee will replace Vic Cegles, who departed last May. Since then, long-time athletics administrator Cindy Masner has been serving as the interim athletics director. Fee comes from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he spent seven years as the Intercollegiate Athletics Deputy AD/Chief Development Officer. –Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond has finalized a deal to become Boston College’s next athletic director, according to multiple sources. Jarmond’s hiring is expected to be announced on Thursday. He will replace Brad Bates, who announced a career transition to a consultant as his contract neared expiration at the university. Jarmond is the deputy athletic director at Ohio State, where his duties include being the sport administrator for the Buckeyes football program. -Pete Thamel, SI, Read More

April 17, 2017

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Stacy Danley, a veteran administrator, has been named athletics director at South Carolina State University, President James E. Clark announced Monday. Danley, who joins SC State after spending the last two years with the SLD Sports Marketing Group, will assume his duties immediately. The former Auburn University graduate succeeds Paul Bryant, who resigned as Bulldog athletics director in December to accept a similar position at Grambling State University. Doug Robertson, head women’s basketball coach at SC State, has been serving as acting AD for the Bulldogs. Danley, who has 21 years of experience in athletics administration, formerly served as Athletics Director at Alabama State and Tuskegee universities. He also worked for the J.F. Smith Group, the Southeastern Conference and Auburn, his alma mater. –Charleston Chronicle, Read More

April 14, 2017

UNLV
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UNLV

Sources tell College AD that Desiree Reed-Francois as the next UNLV athletic director is a done deal. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported that Francois emerged as a prime target for UNLV last week and the two were in contract negotiations earlier this afternoon. This is a developing story and CollegeAD will keep you updated as we learn more.