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UND sets visit dates for athletic director finalists

GRAND FORKS — The four finalists to be the next athletic director at the University of North Dakota will be on campus in the next week.

Western Michigan senior associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau, Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott and Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves will interview on campus and be available at public forums.

Porter's public session will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gransberg Room in the Gorecki Alumni Center.

Mannausau's forum will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday at the Energy and Environmental Research Center Discover Hall.

Elliott's session will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gransberg Room.

Chaves's public session will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gransberg Room.

"I am very excited about the quality of our pool of applicants and the individuals who we are bringing to campus," UND provost and athletic director search committee chair Tom DiLorenzo said in a statement. "I hope that people will take the opportunity to come to the open forums."

The search committee is expected to meet again Friday morning after all of the interviews are complete. They will pass along recommendations to President Mark Kennedy, who will make the final decision.

The job came open when athletic director Brian Faison announced in October that he was stepping down after a nine-year run. Faison will stay on as athletic director until a new one is hired and will be paid his full salary of $193,707 through the 2018-19 athletic season.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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