2 CANDIDATES FOR ATHLETICS DIRECTOR                                                                                              

CULLOWHEE – Two candidates for the position of director of athletics at Western Carolina University will visit the Cullowhee campus Aug. 16-17 for interviews.

Names of the candidates were announced Thursday, Aug. 12, by Gibbs Knotts, assistant professor of political science and public affairs at Western and faculty athletics representative, who is serving as chairman of the athletics director search committee.

The eight-member committee has been conducting a nationwide search for a replacement for C. Jeffery Compher. Director of athletics at Western since March 2000, Compher announced July 12 that he had accepted the position of executive associate director of athletics at the University of Washington.

Three other candidates visited campus earlier this month as part of the process of narrowing the field of applicants, Knotts said. “This is a very important decision for the university, and we have a very deep pool of well-qualified applicants for the position,” he said. “I think that attests to the job that Jeff Compher has done in building Western's athletics program and to the reputation of the program in the profession of athletics administration.”

In addition to meeting with university administrators, athletics department staff, coaches, student-athletes and Catamount Club board members, the candidates will attend receptions open to the campus and surrounding community. The candidates, in order of their campus visits:

Henry H. “Hank” Dickenson, senior associate athletic director for external affairs at the University of North Texas; Monday, Aug. 16, with a reception from 4 until 5 p.m. in Jordan-Phillips Fieldhouse.

Joseph C. “Chip” Smith, director of athletics at Morehead State University; Tuesday, Aug. 17, with a reception from 4 until 5 p.m. in Jordan-Phillips Fieldhouse.

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