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Three Finalists for Drake Athletic Director Job to visit campus

May 1, 2006

CONTACT: Daniel P. Finney, (515) 271-2833, daniel.finney@drake.edu;
Lisa Lacher, (515) 271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


The top three finalists for the Drake Athletic Director position will visit the Drake University campus beginning Monday, May 8, Drake President David Maxwell announced today.


The finalists were chosen by a 10-member committee of faculty and staff who sifted through more than 40 applications before settling on the finalists.


“We believe that we have three candidates who would be not only the top choices for the Drake athletic director but for any athletic director’s job in the country,” President Maxwell said. “The volume and quality of candidates we have is a reflection of the reputation of Drake University and Drake Athletics around the country.  The three finalists all appear to have the experience, skills, and commitment that match Drake’s aspirations for excellence in our athletics, recreational, and wellness programs.”


The finalists are:


Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Sandy Hatfield Clubb, senior associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator, Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.



Robert J. Fournier
Robert J. Fournier, athletic director at Wayne State University, in Commerce, Mich.



Jerry Wollmering
Jerry Wollmering, athletic director at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.


   


Each of the candidates will participate in a variety of discussions and interviews with relevant on-campus constituencies, as well as members of the Drake Board of Trustees and the Bulldog Club.


Drake’s current athletic director, Dave Blank, announced in February that he would leave Drake after the Drake Relays to take the same position at Elon University in Elon, N.C.