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April 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland has hired Turnkey Search and formed an eight-person internal search committee to help find its next athletic director, the university announced Thursday evening.This comes nearly two weeks after the school announced the resignation of Kevin Anderson, who left Maryland after a curious six-month sabbatical that was set to end in April. Early candidates for the job are believed to be interim athletic director Damon Evans and Jeff Hathaway, a Maryland graduate who is the outgoing athletic director at Hofstra. Evans is believed to have the support of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, according to sources with knowledge of their relationship, while others believe that some high-level donors are calling for the next hire to have closer ties to the university.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Former SIU football coach Jerry Kill, who serves as special assistant to Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, will take over responsibilities for the SIU athletics program beginning Thursday, April 26. The chancellor announced Kill’s new role after deciding not to renew the contract of Athletic Director Tommy Bell, who has served as athletics director since May 2015. Bell’s contract expires May 31, 2018. “It’s time for us to make a change in leadership that will help the program fulfill its potential,” Montemagno said. “I am deeply grateful for Tommy’s service and wish him well for the future.” Kill, who led the Salukis to five consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, returned to SIU in March as an ambassador for the university. –Read More

April 25, 2018

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Lynn Hickey has been named EWU’s permanent athletic director, the university announced on Wednesday. The decision came after Hickey and Vince Otoupal presented their case to search committee members at open forums last week in Spokane. Hickey has served as EWU’s interim athletic director since Feb. 12, and was previously the athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her tenure at UTSA she added football, women’s soccer and golf programs to the university. – Taylor Newquist, The EasternerRead More

April 20, 2018

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Virginia Wesleyan University has recruited one of the most experienced and respected athletic administrators in the NCAA Division III to serve as its next athletic director, VWU President Scott D. Miller has announced. Tina Hill, who is currently in her 10th year as athletics director at Randolph College and also chair of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Board of Directors, will join Marlin athletics this summer as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. She will replace long-time VWU athletics director Joanne Renn, who will retire in June. Read More.

April 19, 2018

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University announced today that Jermaine Truax will be its next director of athletics & recreation. Truax (pronounced TRUE-axe) is currently Loyola University Chicago’s deputy director of athletics. He emerged as the leading candidate during a national search that began in February. “Jermaine’s demonstrated leadership abilities, diverse administrative experience and commitment to a true student-athlete model positioned him as an exceptional candidate in what was an extremely competitive search,” said President John Bravman. “I am excited to see the ways in which he helps elevate what is already among the best Division I athletic programs in the country.” Read More.

April 18, 2018

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Ryan Alpert has been named Florida Atlantic University’s deputy director of athletics, effective May 7. Brian White, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics, and Danita Nias, FAU’s vice president for institutional advancement, made the announcement today. Alpert currently serves as the executive associate athletic director at the University of Missouri. Read More.

April 12, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHWEST
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UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Sources tell CollegeAD USW Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner has been dismissed. An official announcement is expected by the University some time next week sources indicated.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

Janet Lucas has been named director of athletics at University of the Pacific. Lucas, University of California, Riverside’s, executive associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, succeeds Ted Leland who retired as Pacific’s athletic director in October. Pacific announced the appointment today. Lucas, who previously served as the interim athletics director at two different California public universities, will begin her new post on May 7. –The Record, Read More

April 11, 2018

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Jim Knowlton’s first hire as Air Force athletic director will be the one to replace him on an interim basis. Col. Jennifer Block, a former Falcons volleyball player who currently serves as the reserve adviser to the superintendent, will take over the position on Thursday. The academy said in a release that it has begun a search for a permanent replacement for Knowlton, who was announced on Monday as the new athletic director at California. Knowlton brought Block on board in 2015 as the athletic department’s climate and diversity officer, where she teamed with Dr. Kimberly Dickman to launch holistic sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship training for cadet-athletes. Read More

April 10, 2018

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus has named Jenn Noon the next athletic director of its Division III athletics department, effective Friday, June 1. Noon becomes the University’s fourth athletic director after committing thirteen years to the Athletic Department. She currently serves as associate director of athletics, senior woman administrator, head field hockey coach, and head coach of the women’s golf team, which she has coached since its inaugural season in 2011. Read More.

April 9, 2018

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

George Washington University President Thomas LeBlanc announced today that Tanya Vogel has been named the university’s director of athletics and recreation, effective July 1. Vogel has been serving as acting athletics director since Jan. 1. –Read More

CAL
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CAL

According to the Oregonian’s John Canzano, the Cal Bears are set to hire Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton on Monday. Knowlton had been the leader of Air Force’s athletic department since 2015. The new Cal athletic director is taking over for Mike Williams who decided to step down once his contract expires on May 6, 2018. –Read More

April 5, 2018

CONCORDIA COLLEGE
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CONCORDIA COLLEGE

“Effective April 4, Jeff Bretherton has resigned his position and will no longer serve as Athletic Director at Concordia College. Rachel Bergeson will serve as interim Athletic Director. The planning for identifying a new athletic director will begin immediately.” Bretherton was hired as Concordia’s first full-time athletic director last May. Bretherton came to Concordia with a fundraising background, having been the director of development for the Heart of the Rockies Initiative in Missoula, Mont. He was the senior development officer at St. John’s University from 1996-2003. – By Eric Peterson, Inforum. Read More.

April 4, 2018

ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY
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ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY

ECSU has announced the firing of athletic director Derrick Johnson and men’s basketball coach John Hill.

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Culminating its first search for a director of athletics since 1992, Carthage has hired emerging leader Michelle Manning to guide its NCAA Division III sports program through the next phase in its growth. Ms. Manning brings a multifaceted perspective to the Athletic Department, thanks to her documented success as a senior administrator, coach, and competitor. She will succeed Robert Bonn, who plans to retire in June after an influential 26-year career. Read More.

April 3, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear has been put on administrative leave for 60 days while investigators and university leadership work to better understand process failures in reporting sexual assault complaints in 2012 and 2013, what has been done since then, and what should be done in the future. In the interim, Pete Isakson, associate athletic director, will serve as acting athletic director for day-to-day operations. Brian Foisy, vice president for finance and administration, will work with the athletics business office to manage the finance functions of the department. –Spokesman-Review, Read More

March 29, 2018

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY
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HOLLINS UNIVERSITY

Hollins University has appointed Myra Sims as the school’s new Director of Athletics. She will officially assume full-time oversight of the athletic department’s day-to-day operations in mid-May. Sims served Emory & Henry College as Director of Athletics since March of 2010, the first full-time athletic administrator in school history. Sims led the strategic planning process at E&H that resulted in expanded and more competitive sports offerings, facility upgrades, and successful fundraising. During the 2017-18 academic year, she took on the role of Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, leading the College’s admissions and financial aid staffs. – Go Swaps. Read More.

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Marco Born has been named Lamar University Director of Athletics announced President Dr. Kenneth R. Evans Thursday morning. Born will take over for Norman Bellard who has been serving on an interim basis since November. Born comes to Beaumont after spending the previous four years at Louisiana Tech. He was named the senior associate athletics director for external affairs in August 2014 before being promoted to executive associate athletics director in July 2017. During his time in Ruston, Born oversaw the fundraising, marketing and promotions, ticket sales, multi-media rights, licensing and merchandising for Bulldog and Lady Techster athletics. Read More.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern Athletic Director Hank Small announced Thursday morning that he will retire effective April 1, following 17 years as the head of the CSU Athletic Department. A nationwide search will commence to find the next CSU Athletic Director. Luke Blackmon, Vice President for Business Affairs and Athletics, will serve as the Interim A.D. beginning April 1, until a permanent successor to Small is named. During Small’s tenure, over $14 million in capital projects and renovations have been completed culminating with the completion of the CSU Athletic Performance Center and Singleton Baseball Complex in the past year. Read More.

March 28, 2018

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University and Director of Athletics Doug Gillin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him at App State through 2022. Gillin was named the school’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role on April 6, 2015. The extension was announced Wednesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts. Read More.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra hired Long Island’s Rick Cole as its new athletic director, the school announced Wednesday morning. Cole, who lives in Oakdale, was in his fifth year as Iona College’s athletic director. Hofstra announced in October that athletic director Jeff Hathaway would leave his position in 2018. The school said in a news release at the time that Hathaway, who is in his sixth year as athletic director, would leave his position by June 30, 2018 “as the outside date for this change.” – Steven Marcus, Newsday. Read More.

March 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Utah AD Chris Hill announces plans to retire. Hill has served as the Utah athletic director since 1987 and is the nations longest sitting AD.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville removed the interim tag from athletic director Vince Tyra’s job title on Monday and made him the school’s vice president of athletics after weeks of speculation that it would happen by month’s end. Tyra was appointed to the interim role in October after the school suspended and later fired Tom Jurich in the wake of the FBI unsealing its investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting. Tyra will be given a five-year contract worth $850,000 per year in salary. He can also earn up to $150,000 in potential bonuses. The school announced its decision after a series of meetings between the University of Louisville Athletic Association and the Board of Trustees. The association voted to endorse Tyra after reviewing three candidates recommended by Korn Ferry, a search firm that originally identified 50 people for the job. The trustees unanimously supported the endorsement just after noon. -Jeff Greer, Courier Journal, Read More

March 22, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee announced Thursday a settlement with former Athletic Director John Currie.The university will pay Currie $2.5 million. His employment with the university ended at 6 p.m. Currie has been suspended since December. Currie will be paid $2,220,454.60 no later than April 1 and will have his salary up through Thursday. The money will come out of the school’s athletics department and will not involve taxpayer dollars, student tuition or fees or donor funds. -Jennifer Pignolet, Commercial Appeal-

March 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Mark Alnutt has been hired to be the next Buffalo director of athletics the school has announced. Alnutt replaces Allen Greene who left UB in January for Auburn University. Alnutt’s UB appointment is effective April 11. Alnutt has nearly 18 years of professional experience in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics. Before joining the University of Memphis, he served as director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University for three-plus years. Prior to that, he served at the University of Missouri as senior associate athletics director from 2006 to 2012 and director of football operations from 2000 to 2005, adding an assistant athletic director title prior to the 2005-2006 season. Read More
March 20, 2018

SAINT JOSEPH’S
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SAINT JOSEPH’S

Saint Joseph’s has named Jill Bodensteiner as its first female athletic director. Bodensteiner succeeds Don DiJulia, who retired following a 35-year stint as AD. Bodensteiner will be introduced Thursday at Hagan Arena, and she starts June 1. She will oversee the Hawks’ 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports, membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference and multiple club and intramural athletics. -DAN GELSTON, AP, Read More

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY
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MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY

Mansfield University Director of Athletics Ryan Ehrie has accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Commonwealth Campus Athletics at Penn State University. Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Kris Decker assumes the role of Interim Director of Athletics following Ehrie’s departure on March 16. Decker first joined the Mansfield Athletic Department as the Assistant Director of Athletics in August of 2000 and was elevated to Associate Director of Athletics in 2007. She previously served as Interim Director of Athletics from 2013 to 2014. –Read More

March 19, 2018

STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY
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STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY

Terry Donovan, who for the past three years has served as Fresno State’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business Operations, has been named Director of Athletics at Stanislaus State, a role he will assume on May 1. Donovan brings 18 years of experience in college athletics administration to Stan State, including holding previous leadership positions at Syracuse University, Arizona State University and at his alma mater, the University of Nevada. Donovan served in several roles within Fresno State athletics, including financial affairs, equipment operations and sport supervision. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS

Crystal Lanning has been named director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Lanning, who has served as interim athletic director since 2016, will assume her permanent duties April 1. Lanning will lead a department which offers 17 NCAA Division III programs and has over 40 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. She will oversee all facets of the Athletic Department including operations, budget, marketing and fundraising initiatives. Lanning currently serves on the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Committee as well as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s Basketball Sport Committee. –Read More

March 16, 2018

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
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MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

Muhlenberg College seeks a director of athletics. This will serves as the chief administrator for Muhlenberg College’s intercollegiate, intramural and recreational programs under the supervision of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The A.D. is responsible for all aspects of these areas, ranging from the articulation of the department’s vision to the management of routine operational details. Apply here.