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March 13, 2015

APSU

Derek van der Merwe, who has served as Austin Peay State University Athletics Director for the past 1 ½ years, will step down from that post after being named the University’s Vice President for Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives. That announcement was made Friday morning by University President Alisa White. van Der Merwe replaces Dr. Brian Johnson, who left the University in Spring 2014 to become president at Tuskegee University. – Clarksville Online, Read More.

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Sacred Heart University executive director of athletics emeritus C. Donald Cook has been selected as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference inaugural class of the ECAC Hall of Fame, presented by Webster Bank. CTPost Read More.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

The United States Olympic Committee board of directors today approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks Director of Athletics who is responsible for determining policy for the department, managing budgets and staff. UAB invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Contact Daniel Parker, jrhoden@parkersearch.com

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, three candidates interviewed last Friday with Dr. Mary Kay Rudolph, the Senior VP for Academic Affairs. She will advance 1-2 names to the college president, Dr. Frank Chong, who will interview the finalist(s) in the next two weeks for a mid-June start date.

ROBERT WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, after a comprehensive search, Robert Wesleyan will elect to name an internal candidate as its next athletic director. We are told that internal candidate will be Bob Segave, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, but we do not have full confirmation. Coach Segave is in his eighth season guiding the Redhawks.  Segave has led the Redhawks to an 119 – 87 record over the past seven seasons, including a trip to the NCCAA National Championship Game in 2011 and NCCAA Final Four in 2008. Last season, the Redhawks made yet another trip to the NCCAA National Championship tournament after winning the NCCAA East Region title.

March 12, 2015

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier announced that PSU Director of Athletics John P. Clark ’71, ’73G will officially step down from his current position this summer and move into the role of founding manager of the Active Living, Learning and Wellness (ALLWell) North facility. Bernier also announced that Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Kim Bownes ’08G will serve as Interim Director of Athletics for the 2015-16 school year.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

The Portland Tribune reviews the progress of Portland athletics under Director of Athletics Scott Leykam, who is in his third year with the university after coming from Stanford. UP recently completed a $2.5 million renovation at the Chiles Center, expanding the ticket office, men’s locker rooms, weight room, training room and a sports Hall of Fame room. A $1 million Joe Etzel Field project this year reaped a new Astroturf field, scoreboard, bullpen and fencing. In Leykam’s first year at UP (2012-13), the Pilots were up about 45 percent in sponsorships, he says, and the figures have increased this year to $1.12 million in trade and $460,000 in cash sponsorships.

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Dr. Vivian Fuller has accepted the post of associate vice provost for Student Affairs, says Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers. The university will conduct a national search for Fuller’s replacement, Meyers said.Dr. Robert Walker, who has previously served as interim athletic director, is again serving as interim which began March 1.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the University of Texas-Pan American Athletic Director Chris King interviewed for the same position at the University of Hawaii. The newspaper quoted anonymous sources who said King had a “strong two-hour interview” with the university’s search advisory committee and remained “on the short list.”

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann received a one-time payment of $30,000 for meeting parts of the four performance thresholds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, according to a payroll documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. Hermann met all four of the academic bonus thresholds, which included $2,500 apiece. She also met both of the thresholds for integrity of programs, which included $5,000 apiece for no major or intentional secondary NCAA violations during the 2013-14. Hermann earned one of the competitive-success thresholds, banking $10,000 thanks to the football team’s participation in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. All together, Hermann earned $490,275.88, which included a regular salary of $448,275.88, the $30,000 bonus and a $12,000 vehicle stipend

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

Sources told College AD yesterday evening that UW-La Crosse will mostly like wait until after next week to officially announce their new athletic director. We are told the chancellor is leaving on vacation today, as the university goes on spring break next week. For what it’s worth, College AD has heard from two separate sources that Interim AD Kim Blum is a heavy favorite to land the position. Former UW-La Crosse men’s basketball coach Charlie Gross, and Dr. Rick Gobe are the other two finalists for the position. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

March 11, 2015

LORAS COLLEGE

Loras College Vice President of Student Development Dr. Arthur Sunleaf announced Wednesday that Interim Director of Athletics Denise (Bodensteiner) Udelhofen (’90, MA ’92) has been named the next director of athletics at Loras College. Udelhofen has spent more than 24 years as a member of the Loras College Athletics Department.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison, who represents the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, has been appointed chair of the committee. Faison, who has served on the committee since Sept 1, 2013, takes over as committee chair for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics Director Jim Knowlton, who had to resign his place after being named athletics director at the Air Force Academy.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State announced that athletic director Jamie Pollard had successful open heart bypass surgery on Tuesday. Pollard was transferred from a Waterloo hospital to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he had the surgery. He is in intensive care today and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days. Iowa State has appointed associate athletic director David Harris fill Pollard’s role while he recuperates.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Concordia University seeks to fill the position of Director of Athletics. To apply please submit a letter of interest explaining how the candidate meets the criteria of the position including the expectation of a Christian Lutheran perspective; a resume or vita including a list of 3 references and their contact information; and a Concordia University staff employment application (www.cu-portland.edu/about/employment). Please submit materials to Dr. Glenn Smith at AthleticsResumes@cu-portland.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

The University of Detroit Mercy is currently accepting applications for a full-time position of Director of Athletic Marketing & Promotions. For consideration please email a letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references to: Teri Kromrei, Associate Athletic Director, teri.kromrei@udmercy.edu.

March 10, 2015

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director, Jaime Pollard will be transferred to a Des Moines hospital and will undergo open-heart surgery, following the heart attack he suffered yesterday.

ALMA COLLEGE

Steven Rackley, a 28-year veteran of athletic department leadership, including 16 years as the head of the highly successful Division II program at the University of Findlay, has been named athletic director at Alma College following a national search. Rackley replaces John Leister, who resigned as athletic director in November.

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

Tim Kenney has been named Director of Athletics at St. Bonaventure University, President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., announced today. Kenney, 44, has been the executive associate athletic director at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., since 2010. – Atlantic 10.  Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

The University of New England (UNE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Athletics. To apply please submit a letter of interest, and Curriculum Vitae or resume to please include job ID 815 in the subject line of your email. careers@une.edu.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard was taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to Allen Hospital in Waterloo after suffering a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in the A.D. Dickinson Relays at the UNI-Dome. Iowa State President Steven Leath has appointed Senior Associate Athletics Director David Harris the acting AD while Pollard recuperates. – Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The Minnesota Daily met with athletics director Norwood Teague on Monday for the latest edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.” Teague discussed head football coach Jerry Kill’s recruiting abilities, the volleyball team’s trip to Japan and more. -Sam Kraemer, Minnesota Daily- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

Interim AD Kim Blum, the final candidate for the current UW-La Crosse Athletic Director opening participated Monday in an open forum event. Blum’s goal is to keep a parallel of strong academic standards with successful teams at the university. Former UW-La Crosse men’s basketball coach Charlie Gross, and Dr. Rick Gobe are the other two finalists for the position. We are told a final candidate will be selected in the next few days.

March 9, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Penn coach Jerome Allen will resign following the end of yet another losing season with the Quakers. Allen’s resignation will be effective after Penn’s season finale Tuesday against Princeton. The Quakers are 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the Ivy League. Penn athletics director Grace Calhoun is set to make her first major hire and one of the candidates could include former Penn assistant and Cornell and Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. – NBC Sports, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

USD president, Mary E Lyons, has announced the promotion of Ky Synder from Associate Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management to Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management. Ky Snyder was named Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego on December 10th, 2003. Snyder returned to USD where he was Director of Athletic Development from 1990 to 1996. Snyder was the president of the San Diego Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee before his most recent stint at USD. He still serves as President of the San Diego Super Bowl Task Force.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Late last night, Dennis Dodd of CBS sports reported that Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades will become the next athletic director at Mizzou. College AD completed a University of Houston profile last week, outlining Mack Rhoades success during his tenure with the Cougars. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork reportedly took his name out of the running over the weekend. In addition, a source close to Texas A&M senior athletic director Jason Cook said he would not be getting the job.

March 7, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee athletics department pressured disciplinary officials at the university to impose lighter punishments on athletes, according to a former vice chancellor. In documents obtained by The Tennesseean, former vice chancellor Tim Rogers alleges that members of the athletic department — including athletic director Dave Hart — put the school in peril by pushing for lighter punishments. A pair of sexual assault cases raised against members of the football and men’s basketball teams are cited by The Tennesseean as examples of lesser punishments dealt to student-athletes. -Adam Stites, SB Nation-

March 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

Interviews for the position of athletic director continue. UW-Milwaukee Senior Associate Athletics Director Charles Gross was the second candidate to present his case yesterday for the position, emphasizing his previous experience as a coach and being able to relate to current coaches on staff. He spent an hour answering questions during the open forum portion of the process. Gross was a familiar face in La Crosse serving as the U-W-L head men’s basketball coach from 1992-to-2000.

March 5, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN

The University of Jamestown announces today that Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson has resigned effective at the end of the current academic year. Paulson has been employed with the University (formerly Jamestown College) since September of 1985 when he was hired as the women’s basketball coach. In September of 2004, Paulson was named Athletic Director. – James Bear, KSJB News . Read More.