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Athletic director to be named by end of month

By mrasor Published: August 14, 2009

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The president's office is reviewing candidates for the athletic director job, with hopes to name Mack Rhoades' successor by the end of August.
I have been told the university is getting great interest from very well qualified individuals at big schools.
The search process works like this: The search firm gathers interest from a large group of people. In this case, Eastman and Beaudine found 75 people who were interested in Akron's job. The university added to this bulk list by passing along resumes of people who directly contacted the university.
Then it was the search firm's task to find candidates who possessed the skills that the university desired. Of that narrow list, the search committee will interview no more than 10 candidates. The number of interviews is likely to be around three to five. These interviews will begin in the next couple weeks. As we saw with Rhoades and his pursuit of the Rutgers and Houston jobs, the candidates strive to keep their candidacy secret because they do not want to disrupt things at their current universities.
Do you remember how fans voted in a poll about what traits they would like in the next athletic director? That data played a role in determining what characteristics will be most important in the candidates' backgrounds. As a result, the next athletic director is likely to be someone who can grow the Zips marketing efforts and build the fanbase.
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