Finalists selected for Colorado Mesa AD post

Colorado Mesa University will bring five finalists to campus later this month to interview for its athletic direction position.

The five all have experience as athletic directors or associate athletic directors.

The finalists are current Northwestern Oklahoma State University athletic director Andrew Carter, Drake (Iowa) University associate athletic director Dennis Francois, Bemidji State (Minn.) University athletic director Rick Goeb, University of Cincinnati senior associate athletic director Doug Mosley and Air Force Academy associate athletic director George Nelson.

Carter is in his second year at Northwestern Oklahoma State, which is in its first year as an NCAA Division II institution in the Great American Conference. He was the AD at Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University for two years prior to NOSU and was the AD at Newberry (S.C.) College for seven years.

Francois has been on the Drake athletic staff, a Division I university, since November 2008. Prior to that, Francois was the athletic director at NAIA Southern Oregon University for three years. He was an interim athletic director at New Mexico Highlands for a little more than one year.

Goeb has been the athletic director at Division II Bemidji State since 2001. The Beavers have a Division I men’s hockey program. Goeb was the senior associate athletic director at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks prior going to Bemidji State.

Mosley is in his third year at the University of Cincinnati. He is responsible for external affairs and media communications. He was the senior associate athletic director at the University of Louisiana-Monroe for five years prior to Cincinnati.

Nelson has been at the Air Force since 2003 and the associate athletic director of athletic programs since 2007. He has no athletic administration experience prior to going to the Air Force.

The five finalists are scheduled to be on campus the week of Feb. 25 for interviews.

There were 48 applicants. The search committee and President Tim Foster selected the five finalists from 16 phone interviews conducted the past two weeks.



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