Bears narrow A.D. candidates to two [Greeley Tribune, Colo.]
(Greeley Tribune (CO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 30--The list of candidates for the athletic director's position at the University of Northern Colorado is down to two.
Darren Dunn, the current deputy athletics director at the University of Houston and Brandon Macneill, the executive associate athletic director at Tulane University are the two finalists who will be on campus Thursday and Friday, respectively, for open forums.
Dunn has served as an athletic administrator for 23 years -- Northern Illinois, Tulsa, New Mexico and Houston -- and is no stranger to Colorado, having played baseball at the University of Denver. He earned his bachelor's degree from DU in political science/business administration in 1991. He earned a master's degree in sports administration from New Mexico in 1992.
Macneill has also served as an athletic administrator at the University of Kansas, Princeton University, Dartmouth along with college marketing for a company based at the University of Hawaii. He earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane in 1993 and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1997.
UNC president Kay Norton and a group of administrators helped narrow the list to two after given a longer list from Parker Executive Search, an Atlanta company hired to do the search.
Dunn has spent the last two years at Houston as the director for external relations, overseeing athletic communications, development, marketing/promotions, the video department and ticket sales.
Before coming to Houston, Dunn spent 11 years in Albuquerque, N.M., working for eight years at the University of New Mexico and three years as the general manager of Lobo Sports Properties/Learfield Sports, where he directed UNM's multimedia rights, sponsorship sales for athletic venues, the Lobo radio network and the Lobo Club special events.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Dunn is married with three elementary-age children.
In a phone conversation on Tuesday, Dunn opted to not discuss the UNC job until he's on campus.
Like Dunn, Macneill has handled various external programs while at Tulane, including marketing, public relations, the school's athletics fund and ticket sales.
Before coming to Tulane (his alma mater), Macneill spent five seasons at the University of Kansas, where he was an associate AD for administration.
Mcneill also managed the KU athletic marketing and licensing departments, the multimedia rights holder for KU athletics and was the sport supervisor for the softball and tennis programs.
He also has an extensive background in fundraising, marketing and membership drives.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane in 1993 and his master's degree from Connecticut in 1997.
Macneill is a native of Winchester, Mass., is married and the father of two elementary-age daughters.
Dunn's time on campus will be on Thursday while Macneill will be here on Friday.
The schedule for both days is the same -- an open forum with the public and campus community at 11:45 a.m., in the Panorama Lounge at the University Center, followed by the candidate's presentation at 12:15 p.m. That will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Lunch will be served.
UNC officials are expected to name the new AD sometime next week.
The new athletic director will replace Jay Hinrichs, who according to Norton, resigned in June after nearly nine years at the helm.
Hinrichs' annual salary was $125,000. He is now working as an athletic development consultant for the University of Denver.
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