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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.

March 15, 2018

ANCILLA COLLEGE
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ANCILLA COLLEGE

Brian Pearison of Elkhart has been named the athletic director at Ancilla College. He replaces Gene Reese who had been the program’s athletic director for the past 23 years. Reese retired just as the athletic department has reached its pinnacle with several sports vying for conference, regional and national titles. Pearison has been present for this rise as he has been the associate director for the past three years and has handled some of the official duties of the athletic director during that time. Read More.

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 comes to Hollins from Emory & Henry College, where she has been director of athletics since 2010. Sims led the strategic planning process at E&H that resulted in expanded and more competitive sports offerings, facility upgrades, and successful fundraising. Read More.

March 14, 2018

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

LMU Athletics Director Bill Husak released a letter that announced he will retire in July. “For the last 20 years it has been with great pride that I have served as the Loyola Marymount University Lions Athletics Director. It is time for me to move on to another phase in life and for this Athletics Department to have new leadership. I plan to retire from my position on July 27, 2018. They say coaches forget their wins quickly, but the losses linger. The same is true for Athletics Directors. However, I prefer to focus on the accomplishments we achieved together over the course of these past 20 years rather than any disappointments.” Read More.

March 8, 2018

ECU
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ECU

ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher has accepted a buyout deal to resign from his position. The announcement is expected to be made official Friday following the Board of Trustees meeting. The buyout is expected to be in the $1 million range. Compher, 59, was hired in April 2013. He was given a five-year extension in late June. The contract was supposed to run through April 2023. He was expected to earn a $140,00 bonus if he was still an employee on April 30. –WNCT, Read More

March 7, 2018

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

California State University, Northridge announced Wednesday it was “parting ways” with men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus and Director of Athletics Brandon Martin. “I want to thank both Coach Theus and Dr. Martin for their dedication to Matador Athletics. We wish them the best moving forward,” said Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President of California State University, Northridge in a statement. “CSUN is absolutely committed to the success of Matador Athletics and to supporting our student-athletes.” One of Martin’s biggest moves came within days after he was hired. He fired longtime Matadors basketball coach Bobby Braswell — for whom he played at Cleveland High — and days later brought in Theus. –LA Daily News, Read More

March 6, 2018

COLLEGE OF NEW YORK
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COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Lydia Travis, a sports management expert with several professional affiliations, is The City College of New York’s new director of athletics. Her appointment is effective March 12. Travis is a member of the Women Leaders in College Sports, the National Association of Athletic Compliance and serves on the Minority Opportunity Athletics Association Membership Committee. She joins CCNY from Queens College, CUNY’s only NCAA Division II athletic program, where she was assistant athletics director for student-athlete performance. Read More.

March 3, 2018

FAU
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FAU

Florida Atlantic University’s rapid rise to an elite national athletic program will continue under the leadership of Brian White, who was hired today as FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. White, who has signed a five-year contract, brings an extensive background in collegiate sports administration to a program growing in stature and prominence. White, the Owls’ sixth full-time athletic director, will be formerly introduced at a press conference on FAU’s Boca Raton campus on a date to be determined. An experienced administrator and proven fundraiser, White joins FAU from the University of Missouri, where he was named senior associate athletics director in 2015 before becoming deputy athletics director for external relations in 2016. He also served as Missouri’s sport administrator for football and men’s basketball. –Read More

March 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE

USC Upstate has fired athletic director Julio Freire and men’s basketball coach Kyle Perry, a source told ESPN. Freire was hired in July and Perry was named permanent head coach in October. Both have already been removed from the school’s website.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Nick Bursik as director of athletics. Bursik had been the interim director of athletics since 2015. During his time in this role, Bursik helped orchestrate a seamless transition into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), of which he now serves as Vice Chair of the Council of Athletic Directors and Chair of the Membership Committee. Bursik also aided in the commitment to growing the student-athlete experience, which has included facility renovations, a partnership with Essentia Health for medical and athletic training care, and a new contract with Under Armour for apparel and uniforms. Read More.

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Chancellor Philip L. Dubois has announced the appointment of Mike Hill as the next Director of Athletics at UNC Charlotte. Hill, currently Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the University of Florida, will assume his responsibilities on March 15 and be introduced at a public news conference on March 6. The Chancellor cited the range of experiences Hill acquired during his 25-year tenure at Florida as a key factor in the decision. “Mike has a deep background in a highly successful athletic program from a ‘Power Five’ conference, so he has played lead roles in hiring and working with highly successful head coaches, negotiating multi-million dollar media agreements and facilities naming rights, and being on point in external relations for the Gators. But we were equally impressed by his sports administration experience and his dedication to the welfare and personal development of student-athletes,” Dubois noted.

February 28, 2018

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwest Missouri State University Director of Athletics Mel Tjeerdsma, who has served in the role since April 2013 after leading the Bearcat football program for 17 years, has announced his retirement, effective April 30. During Tjeerdma’s tenure as athletics director, Northwest has captured four NCAA Division II national championships, 11 MIAA regular season titles and six MIAA tournament titles. During 2016-17, the Bearcats became the first institution in NCAA Division II history to win both a football and men’s basketball national championship in the same academic year. Read More.

February 22, 2018

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

John Eason has been named the full-time AD at Florida A&M. Eason had been serving as the interim AD since mid-November. He replaces Milton Overton, Jr. who left FAMU to take the AD position at Kennesaw State. –Watch

February 19, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Dan Wolken of USA Today reports Maine athletic director Karlton Creech will be the new AD at Denver. 

February 6, 2018

EARLHAM COLLEGE
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EARLHAM COLLEGE

Peggy Carl, a veteran Division III coach and administrator with nearly 10 years of experience as a collegiate athletics director and over 30 years in collegiate athletics as a coach and administrator, has been named interim director of athletics for Earlham College. Carl, who had previously served as the athletics director at Salem State University (Mass.) and Beloit College and was most recently doing consulting work for the North Coast Athletic Conference, began her duties at Earlham on Friday, Feb. 2. A national search for a permanent director of athletics will commence in the coming months. –Read More

February 5, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Not even a week onto the job, John Engler is making his presence felt as Michigan State’s interim president. Engler appointed Bill Beekman as the university’s interim athletic director, according to a news release issued Monday, and MSU will not hire a permanent athletic director from within the school’s athletic department. That is a change of direction from what two university sources told the Free Press last week shortly before the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Engler to his position. Beekman has no experience in athletic management. Engler said a nationwide search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director and that no internal candidates will be considered in the search process. “Just as the Board of Trustees had confidence in Bill to keep things moving as acting president, I have confidence that he will provide very capable leadership of the athletic department during this time of transition,” Engler said in a release. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY
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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY

Wilmington University Vice President of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations Dr. Tina Barksdale is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Stefanie Whitby as the next Director of Athletics. Dr. Whitby replaces Dr. Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski who was the head of the department since 2011. Dr. Van Drie-Andrzjewski was promoted within the University and is now the Executive Director of Title IX, Cleary Act, and Regulatory Affairs. Read More.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE
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DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Davidson College Director of Athletics Jim Murphy will move into a new role that caps nearly a quarter-century of athletics successes and helps the college move into a new era of business operations. Starting July 1, Murphy will hold the title director of athletics emeritus and serve as senior adviser to the president for finance and operations. His advisory role will help guide Davidson’s operations at this crucial time of change nationally, as higher education confronts new challenges, and locally, as Ed Kania, longstanding vice president for finance and administration, departs for Rollins College. Murphy, a licensed CPA, holds a Master of Science degree in management from Georgia Tech. He will lend expertise and advice gleaned from more than two decades at Davidson, where he has overseen major changes in the college’s athletics program while always honoring the traditions that distinguish this special college. He will continue to serve as athletics director through June. A search for a new athletics director will be conducted. –Read More

February 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

Thursday morning, a press release was sent to The Commercial concerning the termination of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Athletics Director Lonza Hardy Jr. Hardy himself provided the information in the release after the UA System Board of Trustees gave UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander approval to terminate him at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The win-loss record of several programs throughout UAPB athletics caused concern, and gave reasoning for the decision. Although Hardy submitted the press release, the termination letter hasn’t been sent at this point according, to the UAPB Sports Information Department. –Pine Bluff Commercial, Read More

January 31, 2018

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Vicky Chun is expected to be the next athletic director at Yale, Chip Malafronte reports. An announcement is expected Thursday. Chun who has served as Colgate’s Director of Athletics since 2013 would replace Tom Beckett. Beckett announced plans to retire at the end of the academic year in August. 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State is expected to name Greg Ianni as interim athletic director, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Ianni, the athletic department’s deputy athletic director, will replace Mark Hollis, who announced his retirement Friday and whose final day is Wednesday.  The move is expected to be announced at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. The board room is at capacity with students, media and public members. – Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

January 30, 2018

SFA
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SFA

Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced Tuesday that he will retire from his role on May 31, 2018, following an affiliation with SFA athletics that spans over three decades in a various number of roles throughout the department. In 2011 the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region. A national search for Hill’s replacement will begin immediately. –Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

After the NCAA announced last week it would investigate Michigan State for how it handled complaints against former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, athletic director Mark Hollis said the university was “preparing a comprehensive response.” David Ridpath, a sports law expert and associate professor at Ohio University, knows Ianni, has high praise for him and said he would be “stunned” to hear he had any involvement in mishandling sexual assault complaints. However, he still thinks Michigan State could benefit from fresh blood. Michigan State would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t do due diligence,” Ridpath said of Ianni, “and it might just be better just to bring in somebody from the outside.” – Matt Wenzel, MLive. Read More.

January 29, 2018

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

After an extensive career in collegiate athletics as a coach and an administrator, Ball State Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced Monday that he plans to retire from his current position at the end of June. Sandy stepped into his current role as Ball State’s Director of Athletics in February 2015 after spending 10 years as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. –Read More