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NDSU implements search committee for next AD

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FARGO — A search committee will be able to review candidates for the vacant athletic director position at North Dakota State beginning July 23. So far, it’s a light list.

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Only six people have applied to replace Gene Taylor, who resigned to take the deputy athletic director position at the University of Iowa. But it’s also highly likely that many possible candidates are waiting until the last few days to throw their name in the ring.

NDSU did not hire a search firm.

In a manner similar to a media request of applicants for the men’s basketball head coaching position in the spring, NDSU only released names, and not complete biographies. Of the six applicants, four could be identified with a high degree of accuracy.

They are: Rick Hartzell, former athletic director at Northern Iowa; Chris Rogers, assistant athletic director for compliance at South Carolina; Craig Angelos, executive senior associate athletic director at South Florida and Derek Horne, former athletic director at Florida A&M.

Also applying are Dave Mann and Rodney Clarke.

Hartzell, 60, is one of three finalists at Eastern Illinois, where he interviewed Sunday and Monday, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper. He spent nine years at UNI before resigning in 2008.

He’s been working as a basketball official and a motivational speaker among other endeavors since then.

“I’m ready to get back to doing what I know how to do,” he told the newspaper. “These two jobs are more Midwestern-oriented with people who know my name and know of Northern Iowa and know of the success we had there. There’s a familiarity.”

In the NDSU job description, the university touted a highly successful year, pointing to nine conference championships out of its 16 programs. It references a third straight Division I FCS national title and individual successes in men’s and women’s track and wrestling.

Academically, the description pointed out an academic milestone with 13 of its programs registering a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Sixteen student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Certainly, budget issues appear to be a high priority with a $17 million budget. Candidates, according to the description, must have demonstrated competence fiscal management and a “substantial” record of external fundraising.

Minimum qualifications include five years of experience in a senior administrative role, experience in recruiting and hiring Division I coaches and staff and experience in athletic facilities, design, renovation and construction. Academically, the candidate must have a master’s or terminal degree. Salary will be based on experience.

The position reports directly to NDSU President Dean Bresciani and supervises the following positions: women’s athletic director, three senior associate athletic directors, associate athletic director for business and finance, director of athletic performance, director of equipment operations, director of sports medicine, all coaches and staff.

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