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December 4, 2019

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Weber State University announced Tim Crompton as the new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, a role he has filled as interim since May 2019. “Tim is a perfect fit for Weber State,” said Norm Tarbox, vice president for Administrative Services, who oversees the WSU Athletics Department. Prior to his selection, Crompton coached WSU women’s soccer for 15 years. As both a coach and athletic director, Crompton said he is most proud of the quality of individuals Weber State educates. Crompton earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Weber State. He and his wife, Dani, are the parents to two children, Chansi and Rheese Crompton. Read More.

November 22, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss will officially name Keith Carter as its new athletic director today. Dr. Glenn Boyce, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, confirmed to the Ole Miss Spirit this morning that Keith Carter has been tabbed as the new university’s athletic director ending a weeks-long search process. A press conference is expected to be held at 1 p.m. CT today on the Ole Miss campus, but those details have not yet been released. Carter has served as Ole Miss’ interim athletic director since May 27, 2019, replacing Ross Bjork who left for the same job at Texas A&M. -David Johnson, 247sports. Read More.

November 18, 2019

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University President Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq. announced today the hiring of Elliott Charles as the University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Charles has more than 14 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including leadership positions at Clemson University and Florida A&M University. Charles will join Chicago State on December 16, 2019. He will succeed Eric Hyman, who served as the Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for the past few months. Charles comes to Chicago State after two years at Clemson University. As Associate Director for Compliance Services at Clemson, he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the department with direct oversight of compliance and student services for athletics. –Read More

November 7, 2019

USC
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USC

USC President Carol L. Folt announced today that Mike Bohn will become the university’s next Director of Athletics, effective Nov. 11. Bohn will hold the Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics’ Chair. Starting his career at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Bohn has held key leadership roles in different conferences and successfully led athletics departments at the University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado, San Diego State University and the University of Idaho. –Read More

November 1, 2019

USC
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USC

USC is reportedly “nearing a deal” with current Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn to be the Trojans next Director of Athletics, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports. Sports Illustrated now reports Bohn and USC have reached an agreement in principle. Bohn has served as Cincinnati’s AD since 2014. The Athletic adds that an official announcement from USC is expected Monday.

October 30, 2019

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Saint Peter’s University today announced the hiring of Rachelle Paul as the 10th Director of Athletics in school history. Paul, who boasts more than 15 years of experience in collegiate athletics, arrives after most recently serving as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Seton Hall University. Paul brings more than 15 years of athletic administration experience to Saint Peter’s, most recently as senior associate athletics director, senior woman administrator and deputy Title IX coordinator at Seton Hall University. She has been responsible for the leadership and management of all areas of student-athlete development, including the organization and application of a comprehensive NCAA and BIG EAST rules compliance program and the implementation of relevant and effective programming that promotes and enhances the personal growth and development of student-athletes. –Read More

October 20, 2019

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky University and athletics director Steve Lochmueller are parting ways. The school said an official announcement will come on Monday. Lochmuller was hired by EKU in March of 2015. Lochmueller succeeded Mark Sandy, who resigned to become the AD at Ball State. WKYT has learned that Sandy will return to Richmond to serve as EKU’s interim athletics director. –WKYT, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
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UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

University of Hartford athletic director Mary Ellen Gillespie has resigned from her position according to an email sent to athletic department staff members by school president Greg Woodward and obtained by The Courant. “I have recently accepted her formal resignation,” Woodward said in the email sent Friday night. A school spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment Friday. Gillespie has been on leave, which The Courant confirmed last month. The university had declined further comment including the reason for the leave. Gillespie was hired in 2017 after serving as athletic director at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The department has seen a high rate of turnover since her hiring. -Dan Brechlin, Hartford Courant. Read More.

October 17, 2019

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

In a letter to the Tennessee State community, Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips announced plans to retire at the end of June. “The decision is one that I have contemplated for several years and I have finally decided that this year is the right time,” Phillips said, “I shared my intention with President Glenda Glover in mid-August of this year, and she is supportive. I want to thank Dr. Glover for her continued support of me during the last five-plus years and I wish her the best as her administration works to move the university and athletics to new heights.” Additionally, Phillips announced a $5,000 donation to the Athletics department to fund the Teresa Lawrence Phillips TSU Student-Athlete Completion Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to bridge the gap and fund the “last dollar” post semester financial needs for TSU student-athletes, up to $500 each, to graduate. –Read More

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
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HARVARD UNIVERSITY

In a letter to the Harvard community, Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols ’53 Family Director of Athletics, announced today that he will retire at the conclusion of this academic year. During Scalise’s tenure, Harvard Athletics has experienced tremendous success on and off the field of play. The Crimson has won 144 Ivy League titles and 22 national team championships, and has led the nation for the fourth-straight season with the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Scalise will have served as athletic director for 19 years and will continue to serve as an advisor on athletics to Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Read More.

October 15, 2019

UIC
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UIC

Chancellor Michael Amiridis has named Michael Lipitz the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Lipitz has more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including leadership positions at North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland. Lipitz begins at UIC on October 28, 2019. He will succeed Garrett Klassy, who served as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for the last two years. Lipitz joins the Flames after eight years at North Carolina State University, a Division I, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) program. Read More.

October 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Christy Drale has named George Lee, current senior associate athletic director and CFO, as the new athletic director for the UA Little Rock Trojans. Lee, who joined the Athletics Department 23 years ago as business manager, assumes the position Nov. 1. He replaces Chasse Conque, who left the university in August to become vice chancellor and AD at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new athletic director pointed out that this is the university’s inaugural year of men’s wrestling, and many fans are enthusiastic about starting the state’s only Division I wrestling program. Lee commended the members of the Trojan Athletic Foundation for their support and assistance in raising funds for the program and helping raise the profile of the Trojans. Read More.

October 8, 2019

SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
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SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY

In a very surprising development, Saint Francis Athletic Director Susan Robinson Fruchtl announces she’ll be stepping down in March. –Cory Giger reports.

September 19, 2019

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero will retire June 30, 2020, Nathan Fenno of the LA Times reports. According to Fenno, a University of California system committee will vote today on extending Guerrero’s contract from Dec. 31 through the retirement date.

September 18, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has relieved Melvin Hines of his duties as Athletic Director by Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander. The Pine Bluff Commercial will have more information as it is made available. The Pine Bluff Commercial, Read More

September 16, 2019

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Jerry Kill announced on Monday he is leaving his position at SIU to accept a job on the football coaching staff at Virginia Tech, effective immediately. Kill will serve as special assistant to fourth-year head coach Justin Fuente. “The opportunity to serve as an administrator at SIU has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois,” Kill said. A three-time national coach-of-the year, Kill is a beloved figure in southern Illinois, where he led the Saluki football program to five-consecutive NCAA playoff appearances from 2003 to 2007. Chancellor John M. Dunn has appointed Liz Jarnigan to replace Kill as athletic director. Jarnigan joined the athletics staff in July 2018 as associate director of athletics, overseeing all aspects of the program’s internal operations. Jarnigan came to SIU after serving for two years as senior women administrator for the Air Force Academy’s athletics program. Read More.

September 9, 2019

USC
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USC

USC AD Lynn Swann has resigned. The announcement was made by USC president Carol Folt on Monday. Dave Roberts, the school’s former VP of athletic compliance will serve as the Trojans interim AD. Folt’s letter reads: “I am writing to share my sincere appreciation for Lynn Swann, who has decided to resign from his position as the Director of Athletics effective today. Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in a message addressed to the “Trojan Community.” “Lynn has led our Athletics Department to five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports during his tenure. Our student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and our graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics. We appreciate Lynn’s leadership of the department over these past three years and will continue to be grateful for his historic contributions to USC.”

August 19, 2019

THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE
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THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

After a nationwide search, Lori Anctil, a 20-year veteran of collegiate athletics who currently serves as assistant vice president/deputy director of athletics at Siena College, has been hired as the associate vice president and director of athletics at The College of Saint Rose. She will replace Cathy Cummings Haker, who retired in July and led Golden Knights athletics since 1983. Anctil begins her work at Saint Rose on August 26. – Read More

August 15, 2019

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis has named Julie Cromer the next Director of Athletics. She will join the Bobcats as OHIO’s first female athletics director in University history on Aug. 31. Cromer comes to Ohio University from the University of Arkansas, where she has served most recently as senior deputy athletics director, associate vice chancellor and senior woman administrator for Razorback Athletics. –Read More

August 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

UIW Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom is leaving his post immediately the university announced late Monday afternoon. Richard Duran will serve as UIW’s interim AD.

August 9, 2019

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

Mike Prince of The Mike Prince Show reports that Prairie View A&M University AD Fred Washington will step down.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Laird Veatch has been named University of Memphis athletic director, school President Dr. M. David Rudd announced in a tweet Friday morning. Veatch, a 2016 NEXT UP honoree, comes to Memphis from the University of Florida where he served as the Gators Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs.

August 7, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

KLEW’s Armen Araradian reports Terry Gawlik will be the next AD at Idaho. The Idaho Board of Education has a meeting scheduled for later Wednesday afternoon. –Read More 

August 2, 2019

UTRGV
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UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) announced Friday that it has hired Chasse Conque (pronounced Chase Konk) as its new Vice President and Director of Athletics. Conque has served as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2015. An official start date has not been set but Conque hopes to begin his new role by Sept. 1. “I first want to thank President Guy Bailey for affording me this opportunity to lead UTRGV Athletics. His vision and passion for intercollegiate athletics is second to none,” Conque said. During Conque’s tenure at Little Rock — which competes at the NCAA Division I level — he helped lead a resurgence of the athletic department, both on and off the playing surfaces.
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July 31, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Robert Acunto has been named Director of Athletics for Presbyterian College, President Bob Staton announced Wednesday. Acunto brings more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience to the position. He most recently served as senior associate athletic director for development and external relations at the University of Texas at El Paso. “We are excited that Rob is bringing his broad base of experience and leadership to the PC athletic program,” President Staton said. While at UTEP, Acunto led and coordinated all external relations for the intercollegiate athletic department. Read More.

July 30, 2019

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University and former Bears defensive tackle Chris Zorich have parted ways. A statement from the university issued Tuesday said Zorich is no longer employed by Chicago State. He had served as athletic director for more than a year. “We appreciate the work Mr. Zorich has done for the University and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” the statement said, offering no details. Jimell Byrd-Reno will serve as Interim Athletics Director until a permanent choice is named. -Dave Kerner, WBBM, Read More

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
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GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Grand Canyon University announced on Tuesday that Mike Vaught has resigned from his post as Vice President of Athletics, effective Aug. 12, for an opportunity in the private sector. Deputy Athletic Director Jamie Boggs will fill the position on an interim basis. Vaught joined GCU in October 2014 amid the second year of a four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Boggs, who has served as the Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator since January 2015, assumes the interim role. In her time at GCU, Boggs has provided oversight of the day-to-day operations of the athletic department while serving as the sport administrator for baseball and men’s soccer.-Read More

July 25, 2019

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
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FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis announced today that Jason Donnelly, senior associate athletics director and executive director of athletics development at Villanova University, has been named athletics director at Furman. Donnelly will begin his duties at Furman on Aug. 12. –Read More

July 23, 2019

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

Dr. William E. Martinov, Jr. has been named Director of Athletics as Long Island University prepares for its first year of competition as a unified Division I athletic program. Dr. Martinov, a higher education professional with over 30 years of experience, has provided invaluable leadership at LIU during the past three years in alumni, employer relations, and two of LIU’s regional campuses. He has also assisted with athletic fundraising. Previously, Martinov served as Chief of Student Affairs, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, and Director of Athletics at both public and private universities. –Read More

July 22, 2019

SIU EDWARDSVILLE
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SIU EDWARDSVILLE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook today named Tim Hall as the eighth director of athletics in University history. Hall arrives on campus after serving as director of athletics at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and is expected to assume his new duties in August. The appointment is subject to approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. –Read More


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