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University of North Dakota begins search for next Athletic Director

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Just about three weeks ago, Brian Faison announced he will be retiring as UND’s Athletic Director, and on November 6, 2017, the search for a new Athletic Director began.

A committee held their first meeting on Monday, November 6.

WDAZ’s Sports Anchor Mark Pearson learned that this process may take longer than what the university had originally intended.

Faison’s retirement date is set for December 31, 2017, and while the University initially wanted to have a new A.D. lined up by the time of Faison’s retirement, it looks as if the tentative schedule is now to have a new hire by mid-January.

During the meeting, several committee members we in attendance, while others called in over the phone.

The meeting was mainly comprised of general information about what the committee is looking for in a candidate. The members also discussed the job posting.

The committee is made up of 15 people, and the University hopes it’s well-rounded to cover the various needs of UND athletics.

“There’s so many aspects to athletics. There’s so many groups that are interested in what happens here at the University of North Dakota, in terms of athletics, so we thought it was very important to have as many of those publics, if you will, represented. Each of those individuals represents aspects that brings a different part of the conversation, so I think, collectively, we’ll have a very good representation of what we want, collectively, in an Athletic Director for the University of North Dakota,” said UND Spokesman Peter Johnson.

While the committee is excited to ramp begin their search for a new A.D., they said the process is bittersweet.

“Well it's always a bit bittersweet, because I like Brian enormously. I think he's done an

excellent job. So I'm sorry to see him go. At the same time, it's always exciting to think about what the future might be, and who might come in now to follow Brian, if anybody actually can follow Brian, to take on this role. We've had, uh, I think it's 15 athletic directors in the history of North Dakota, so we're looking forward to who we can bring in to continue the momentum that we've had for more than 100 years,” said Johnson.

The chair of the committee, Tom DiLorenzo, said that the committee hopes to post this job as soon as possible to truly get this process going.