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NMU will announce its new AD at 10 a.m. on Wednesday
May 29, 2012 - Matt Wellens
MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University will name its new athletic director at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Wildcat Room of the Berry Events Center, capping a national search that has lingered on for four and a half months.
Three finalists — University of Alaska Fairbanks Director of Athletics Forrest Karr, University of North Dakota Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Sean Johnson and David Diles, the director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland — visited Marquette back in April, outlining their vision for the future of NMU athletics.
Now one of them will have the chance to execute that vision.
Then NMU President Les Wong made his recommendation on who to hire on May 4, but an offer was never extended at the time because four days later, Wong accepted the presidency at San Francisco State University. On May 10, Wong announced his resignation from NMU.
David Haynes was announced as the new NMU president — and later clarified that he was the interim president — the same day Wong’s resignation was announced. Questions on the legitimacy of Haynes appointment left his status — and the AD search — up in the air, however, until a 6-2 vote by the full NMU Board of Trustees on May 15.
At that time, Haynes took over the AD search from Wong, but used the last two weeks to confer with NMU coaches, staff and senior university personnel. Haynes also met via video calls with all three finalists before making his decision.
Haynes is also in the process of finishing up the search for a new provost — the No. 2 position in the university — but is not ready to make an official hire on that front.
According to NMU’s Director of Communication and Marketing, Cindy Paavola, Haynes wanted to finish the AD search this week with important meetings scheduled for the end of June concerning the new WCHA, which NMU will join in 2013-14 along with fellow CCHA members Lake Superior State, Ferris State, Bowling Green State and Alaska Fairbanks.
NMU AD search timeline
Oct. 18, 2010 — Athletic director Ken Godfrey goes on medical leave after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Associate AD of operations Steve Reed named interim athletic director.
August, 2011 — Godfrey returns to work on a part time basis — with Reed still serving as interim AD — but must go back on medical leave due to complications from graft versus host disease.
Jan. 19, 2012 — Godfrey resigns as AD after being on medical leave for 15 months. A nationwide search is announced to replace Godfrey. Reed says he will not be applying to be the full-time AD.
March 23, 2012 — NMU announces the three AD finalists that will be brought to campus in April. NMU received exactly 100 applications for the position.
April 10-19, 2012 — Finalists University of Alaska Fairbanks Director of Athletics Forrest Karr, University of North Dakota Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Sean Johnson and David Diles, the director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland visit campus and give public presentations.
May 4, 2012 — Wong makes his recommendation for AD to the NMU Board of Trustees.
May 8, 2012 — Wong accepts the president’s job at San Francisco State University.
May 10, 2012 — It is announced Wong is leaving NMU for San Francisco State. David Haynes is announced as the interim president for the next two years and the AD search is turned over to him.
May 11, 2012 — Two of the three finalists — Karr and Johnson — reaffirm their interest in the position while Diles declines to comment.
May 30, 2012 — NMU announces ____________ as the new athletic director.
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