The next step: finding an Athletic Director

UAA’s hunt for a new athletic director has begun. The process is expected to take up to seven weeks, and will be done mostly behind curtains.

While the majority of the work is going to be kept under wraps, the public is still being asked to provide input. The opportunity to speak out comes in the form of an open forum, which the Seawolf community should be adept to by now.

The forum takes place Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307.

Unlike previous events, there will be no actual candidates in attendance. Those names are not being released. The search committee is asking for the public’s ideas on what qualities they’d like to see in the new athletic director.

The university has also hired Eastman & Beaudine (a search firm for recruiting college athletic directors and coaches) to assist them. The Wall Street Journal recently named Eastman & Beaudine the “Top Executive Recruiting Firm in College Sports.”

“We are committed to finding the right leader for a program that has brought much pride and honor to UAA,” said Dr. Bill Spindle, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

I’m confident that working with an extremely well-respected search firm will result in the hiring of a dynamic leader who will continue to move our program positively forward.”

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The heralded group has placed athletic directors at major schools across the country, from the University of California Berkeley to West Point. Acquiring their services shows Spindle isn’t all talk when he says they are committed to finding a worthy leader.

Outside of the people at Eastman & Beaudine, the search committee will include interim athletic director Tim McDiffett, Dr. Bill Spindle, Seawolf Hall of Famer Bill MacKay, NCAA faculty athletic representative Dr. Deborah Narang, former student-athlete Jeff Edwards, and former Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout chair Bobbi Olson.