UMKC Launches Search for New Athletics Director
UMKC Athletics 9-20-2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City has initiated a national search for a new Athletics Director.

The advertisement for the position states that UMKC seeks “a visionary leader who is innovative, engaged and experienced to direct their NCAA Division 1 athletic department.” It notes that UMKC is a member of the Western Athletic Conference and competes in 16 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. The university is seeking an individual who can present “a clear vision that will ensure the athletic department has a competitive advantage in fundraising, facilities development and in the recruitment, retention and promotion of student-athletes and athletic personnel” as well as increase visibility, exposure and season ticket sales for all sports.

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., has named a Search Committee which includes:

  • Curtis Crespino, UMKC Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Co-Chair
  • Gary Forsee, former president of the University of Missouri System, Co-Chair
  • Stephen Dilks, Chair, UMKC Faculty Senate
  • Lexie Howard, Women’s Soccer, Student Athlete Representative
  • Trish Marken, UMKC Faculty Representative
  • Danielle Martinez, UMKC Staff Council Representative
  • Shameika McField, Track and Field, Coaching Staff Representative
  • Kathy Nelson, President and CEO, Kansas City Sports Commission, Community Representative

“My thanks to the members of the search committee for their willingness to serve UMKC.  This is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to recruiting the next leader of Roo Athletics,” Agrawal said. “Athletics is an important asset to UMKC and it is essential we identify a progressive leader to grow our foundation of academic and athletic excellence. Our campus and community are ideally positioned for Roo Athletics to achieve great successes going forward.”

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on its six-part mission: placing student success at the center; leading in life and health sciences; advancing urban engagement; excelling in visual and performing arts; embracing diversity; and promoting research and economic development. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, see us on Instagram and watch us on YouTube. Read our students’ stories at #UMKCGoingPlaces.

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