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September 11, 2018

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

David Williams II, the first African-American athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, is retiring from his role overseeing Vanderbilt athletics and as vice chancellor. The 70-year-old Williams announced his decision Tuesday. He will stay on as athletic director and vice chancellor until his replacement is hired, then become a full-time law professor. He also is establishing a new Sports, Law & Society program at Vanderbilt Law School. Originally, Williams wanted to retire June 30 after turning 70 in January before agreeing to stay another year to assist the transition.  Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who chaired the SEC committee that hired Greg Sankey to replace Mike Slive as commissioner, will oversee the search for a replacemen. -Teresa M. Walker, AP, Read More

September 7, 2018

CARROLL UNIVERSITY
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CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Following an extensive national search, Carroll University has selected Jim Hall to assume the role of athletic director of its 22-sport, NCAA Division III program. Hall brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to the role, with an impressive record of leadership, both on and off the field of competition. He most recently served as director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Hall will join Carroll in mid-October. As director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College, Hall provided strategic vision, leadership and supervision for 16 NCAA Division II sports, six club sports and 40 coaches and administrators serving more than 400 student-athletes. Read More.

WESLEYAN COLLEGE
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WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Wesleyan College Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Penny Siqueiros as the next Director of Athletics and Head Softball effective September, 2018. Coach Siqueiros brings to Wesleyan over 20+ years of successful collegiate softball experience in the southeast and Georgia, taking over a program that saw their first appearance in the USA South postseason in program history. Read More.

September 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has named Melvin J. Hines, II as the next director of athletics, Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander announced Wednesday morning in a press conference. Hines has experience in intercollegiate sports at seven Division I institutions, including Auburn University, the University of Louisville, Alabama A&M University, Troy University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Mississippi. Before coming to UAPB, Hines was Athletics Director at Alabama State University. –Fox 16, Read More

September 4, 2018

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE

President Steven Tallant announced today the selection of Steve Roach as the university’s new Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation. Roach will begin serving in his new role October 1. Roach currently serves as the AD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he oversees 19 varsity sports and supervises 400 athletes and 40 coaching staff members. Under Roach’s leadership, three of the university’s athletics programs—football and men’s and women’s basketball—have earned national rankings in the previous three years. IUP competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Roach has been with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Athletics since 2013. He was appointed Director of Athletics in 2015, after serving as Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance from 2013-2015. Prior to that, Roach was Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Compliance at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2007-2013. He began his intercollegiate athletics career as Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Compliance and Facilities at Slippery Rock University, where he holds a Master of Science in Sports Management. | Read More.

August 28, 2018

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State University Director of Athletics Jeff Tingey, who was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, will not return to the university, ISU spokesman Stuart Summers told the Journal on Tuesday. “Jeff Tingey’s removal was not over any scandal or violation, but was about changing the direction of the athletic department,” Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee told the Journal on Tuesday. Tingey will remain on paid leave until his contract expires in June 2019. ISU has not clarified the reason for Tingey being placed on leave. Summers said ISU is preparing for a national search to hire its new athletic director. In the meantime, “plans are being discussed” to name an interim athletic director from within the university, Summers said. – Madison Guernsey , idahostatejournalm –  Read More

August 22, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS

University of Sioux Falls today announced that USF Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Josh Snyder is resigning effective August 31. University President Brett Bradfield recognized him for his leadership in navigating the challenges of maintaining high quality athletic programs in the midst of many changes in the higher education landscape. Pam Gohl, USF’s senior associate athletics director for compliance and senior women’s administrator, who has been with USF since 2012, will serve as interim athletic director. University leadership will be developing the search process for Snyder’s replacement in the coming weeks. Read More.

August 21, 2018

NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Amanda Haseley, Athletic Eligibility and Compliance Coordinator at Niagara County Community College, has been named Director of Athletics at NCCC. Haseley, who has served as interim AD for the past year, will begin her new role on Sept. 1. She replaces Robert McKeown, who is now NCCC’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. Read More.

August 20, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Colorado College athletic director Ken Ralph will be named Monday as the new athletic director at the University of Maine. Ralph had directed CC’s athletic program since 2007. A Maine source confirmed Ralph’s move. Ralph led the athletic program during a time of change. He oversaw the 2013 move of CC’s hockey team from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, where the team spent decades, to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. He also oversaw the end of CC alum Scott Owens’ tenure as head coach. Owens won 324 games and took seven CC teams to the NCAA Tournament before he was dismissed in 2014. – David Ramsey, Gazette. Read More.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

FSU AD Stan Wilcox is leaving for the NCAA, Bruce Feldman reports. Wilcox will replace Oliver Luck. “I want to thank Stan for everything he has done at FSU. We’re excited for him, and we all wish him the best in his new position,” said Florida State President John Thrasher. “Our success on the playing fields under his leadership has been exceptional, with national championships in football, soccer, and softball over that time. We finished ninth in the 2017-18 Learfield Director’s Cup last year, and our student-athletes reached a cumulative 3.0 GPA this past year.” Wilcox, who was hired as Director of Athletics in August of 2013 and added the title of Vice President in July of 2016, provided the following statement: “I am honored and humbled to join Mark Emmert’s leadership team at the NCAA. I am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have led me to this point. The Big East Conference, Notre Dame University, Duke University and most recently Florida State University have provided a depth and breadth of experiences on which I will rely heavily moving forward.

ULM
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ULM

ULM athletic director Nick Floyd resigned on Monday, effective September 4, due to a physical health issue. Floyd will be reassigned to an administrative position at ULM through December 31, 2018. “After a great deal of thought and reflection, I have made the difficult decision to step away from the position of Director of Athletics at ULM,” Floyd said in a statement released by the university. Per ULM, chief administrative officer Scott McDonald will have day-to-day oversight of the athletic department. -Adam Hunsucker, News Star, Read More

August 16, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

The State Board of Education fired University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear on Thursday — ending more than four months of speculation about his future. The firing was for “convenience,” meaning Spear likely will be paid for the time left on his contract. The vote was unanimous in an open meeting Thursday at Idaho State University. Spear had been on paid administrative leave since April 3 while the university hired two independent investigators to study his department’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints in 2012-13. The investigation concluded that Spear’s handling of a sexual assault accusation against a football player in 2013 was “inadequate” but also faulted the university for a lack of training and insufficient notice of policy changes. -Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, Read More

August 15, 2018

THE CITADEL
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THE CITADEL

After a search that included more than 100 candidates from around the country, The Citadel has tapped someone already on campus as the Bulldogs’ new athletic director. Mike Capaccio, who has been serving as interim AD since mid-July in addition to his role as vice president for athletic development at The Citadel Foundation, will be the school’s next AD, it was announced Wednesday. -Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier, Read More

August 13, 2018

SWAC
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SWAC

FOX 26 Sports has learned Dr. Charles McClelland, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Southern, will be named the new commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. According to sources with knowledge of the process McClelland will replace Duer Sharp who resigned in November. Sharp was the SWAC commissioner from 2008 to 2017. McClelland took over as athletics director at TSU in 2008, adding the title of vice president of intercollegiate athletics seven years later. -Mark Berman, FOX 26, Read More

August 8, 2018

BRYAN COLLEGE
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BRYAN COLLEGE

Following previous Athletic Director, Taylor Hasty, who recently accepted a position at Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., Bryan College didn’t have to look far for their next Director of Athletics as Mike Keen was promoted to the position after having served the 2017-18 season as Assistant Athletic Director while leading the Fishing Team as the Head Coach for the past four years. Keen will continue as the leader of the Lion Anglers, but the change in roles has also led to Will Tholken receiving a promotion. After serving as the Coordinator of Athletic Operations for the previous four years, Tholken is now taking on the role of Assistant Athletic Director. Read More.

August 6, 2018

WARNER PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
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WARNER PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Warner Pacific University welcomes Michael Wilson as the new Athletic Director for Knights Athletics. The position oversees the University’s 13 varsity sports, the athletic booster club, fundraising, and Warner Pacific’s athletic facilities. A seasoned administrator, Wilson comes to Warner Pacific with a depth of educational experience as a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Activities Director. He was named to the University’s top athletic post after serving as the Athletics Director for a school in Broomfield, Colo., where he led 19 sports, 37 teams, and 38 staff members. Read More.

July 27, 2018

MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
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MARS HILL UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director David Riggins announced he will retire in December at the end of the fall semester. David Riggins has served Mars Hill for 32 years. Riggins stated, “When Rita and I arrived at Mars Hill in 1986 we agreed to stay until we found a better place. Thirty-two years later we are still here and that says a lot about Mars Hill and the people affiliated with the university. There is simply something about this place.” He assumed the athletic director’s duties on September 1, 1998, after serving as the assistant athletic director at Mars Hill since 1993. He began his head basketball coaching career at MHU in 1986. Read More.

July 25, 2018

PARK UNIVERSITY
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PARK UNIVERSITY

Steve Wilson, who has served Park University as its associate director of athletics for media relations and compliance since February 2017, has been appointed as the director of athletics for the University’s new campus in Gilbert, Ariz., effective Aug. 15. Wilson began his career at Park in 2007 as the Pirates’ sports information director. In 2013, he was promoted to assistant director of athletics for sports communications and assumed the role of head coach for the women’s golf program. Read More.

July 23, 2018

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Multiple reports indicate Nebraska Executive AD Steve Waterfield will become Oakland’s next athletic director. Steve Waterfield joined the Nebraska Athletic Department in August of 2013 and oversees marketing, communications, creative and emerging media, the spirt squad, HuskerVision and licensing and branding.

July 20, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Ten years ago, without knowing it at the time, a trip to Vietnam changed former Missouri athletic director Michael Alden’s life. That trip and a return trip to the country in 2012 spurred him to help expand Nike’s micro-financing program, which offers small loans at token interest rates for those so poor they don’t have access to traditional financial institutions. Soon after he retired as MU’s AD in 2015, he went back, turns out that was just a start — both in the new course of his life and as a catalyst of a deep and multi-tiered Mizzou initiative in Vietnam. 

“It’s a Mike Alden production,” said Anne-Marie Foley, MU’s director of service-learning, laughing and adding, “Everything gets really big, really fast.” Or, as interim provost Jim Spain put it, Alden is an “Energizer bunny” in connecting what has become an elaborate program. In conjunction with everything from MU’s International Center to Foley’s office to MU Health Care to the MU International Trade Center, from the colleges of business, education and human environmental sciences, Alden has been instrumental in galvanizing endeavors there that now include a partnership with an AIDS/HIV center and an orphanage for blind children. He’s been to Vietnam nine times now, often for weeks, because the mission has given him what he considers fresh purpose in life.

In the same span, Mizzou has further developed an international trade internship program and now offers an American high school program affiliated with a Vietnamese school … And then some. And more to come, he vows. “It’s changed me. I look at things in a different way,” he said. “I have much more of an appreciation for the value of things — value being not material things but relationships.” Read In Full. The Kansas City Star

July 16, 2018

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White has named Gerald Harrison, Duke University senior associate director of athletics/internal affairs, as Austin Peay’s next athletics director. Since 2008, Harrison has served in various capacities within Duke University’s athletic department. Additionally, Harrison served in two capacities, from 2001-07, with the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Read More.

UMASS LOWELL
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UMASS LOWELL

After more than three decades of leadership and service at UMass Lowell, including the last 23 years as director of intercollegiate athletics, Dana Skinner is retiring in September. Skinner recently led the university’s successful transition to NCAA Division I competition, a comprehensive five-year process that was formally completed last summer. Skinner will be replaced by Peter Casey, who has served as deputy director of athletics since 2013. A 1993 graduate of Bowdoin College, Casey has worked in college and professional athletics for the past 25 years. Read More.

July 13, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University will take the interim away from Bill Beekman’s title and make him the permanent athletic director at the school, two sources close to interim president John Engler told the Free Press on Friday. Beekman has been the interim athletic director since Mark Hollis stepped aside hours before ESPN ran a story questioning the behavior of the department when it comes to sexual assault. -David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, Read More

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian will turn to Allen Ward as the school’s next athletic director Adam King reports. Ward stepped down from his position as Murry State AD earlier Friday afternoon.

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

According to Adam Wells of WPSD. Murray State athletic director Allen Ward has resigned his position at Murray State. Longtime women’s golf coach Velvet Milkman will take over as interim AD.

Ward joined the Murray State athletics department as its director on March 30, 2005. Highlights of his tenure include the largest gift in the history of the athletics program – $3.3 million for the naming of the CFSB Center. Regular finishes in the top-3 of the OVC Commissioners Cup, capturing the 2009 cup after an 18 year drought.  And over $13.5 million in athletic facility enhancements.

July 12, 2018

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University announced on Thursday, July 12, that Bradley Davis has been hired as its new Athletic Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Davis comes to Mercyhurst from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he has worked in athletics for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Read More.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Central Connecticut State University President Zulma R. Toro announced today that Brian Barrio, a native of Old Lyme, Conn., is returning to his home state to become CCSU’s Director of Athletics. Barrio comes to CCSU from the University of Nevada and has spent time at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, and both the America East Conference and the Ivy League. Read More.

July 9, 2018

CONVERSE COLLEGE
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CONVERSE COLLEGE

Converse College announces the hire of Jennifer Bell as Athletic Director. Bell will take the helm of the Valkyries’ NCAA Division II Athletic Program on July 23. She comes to Converse from Coker College, where she served as Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, and she also brings 18 years of athletics administration and coaching experience from Anderson University. As a Spartanburg native and graduate of Wofford College, Bell looks forward to bringing her family back to her hometown. Read More.

July 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod today named Jeff Long as the university’s new director of athletics. Long will be officially introduced at a news conference Wednesday, July 11, in Lawrence at a time and location to be determined. He will start his role Aug. 1. Long’s contract with Kansas Athletics will pay him $1.5 million per year for five years. Of that amount, $1.3 million is paid by private funds from Kansas Athletics Inc., with the remaining $200,000 paid by the university. –Read More

July 3, 2018

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

After 12 years as athletic director at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Nikki Fennern has decided to step down, it was announced Tuesday. Dr. Fennern said that, after much contemplation, she believes this is the right time for her — personally and professionally — to step away. Fennern — a 2016 Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) Administrator of the Year Award recipient, as well as the 2018 Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership Breaking Barriers award-winner — said, “Saint Mary’s has been a great place for my family and me. We have a great staff in place and wonderful student-athletes. I look forward to cheering on the Cardinals in a different capacity.” Read More.