Nov 1, 2006    #162
Contact: Nick Barron

Committee formed in athletic director search

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announced today the creation of a 12-member search committee charged with identifying candidates for the athletic director position at UMKC.

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Kansas City community, members of the UMKC coaching staff, UMKC faculty, staff, students and alumni. They will conduct a nationally competitive search to present the campus and UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey with a roster of candidates for the position. The committee will be chaired by Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Mel Tyler.

Today’s announcement is the latest advancement in UMKC’s assessment of its athletics program. Interim Athletic Director Rick Anderson started the assessment in September to determine what resources are needed to create a highly competitive Division I program. Anderson’s evaluation of the program continues.

“In conducting the initial stages of our assessment of the athletics department, we have developed a course of action which will better assist UMKC in reaching our goal of competing at a higher level,” Anderson said. “We share, along with the search committee, the objective of bringing the best candidates to UMKC and Kansas City.”

Because the assessment will still be continuing at the time of the hiring, the new athletic director will have an early opportunity to shape the athletics program. The new director will play a key role in enhancing UMKC’s athletic facilities, improving athletic scholarships and meeting and engaging members of the Kansas City community. A full job description of the position can be found here.

"UMKC is dedicated to finding an athletic director who can guide UMKC Athletics into an increasingly competitive program, which is vital to recruiting and retaining students,” Bailey said. “As an integral member of the leadership team, the new director will be in a strong position to grow student athlete scholarships and to improve our athletic facilities."

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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