Colorado Mesa University will bring five candidates to campus later this month to interview for the position of athletic director. All five applicants 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.
The finalists were selected from a pool of 48 applicants. Of the 48, 16 were interviewed by telephone and five were selected for on-campus interviews. The five finalists are scheduled for personal interviews during the week of Feb. 25.
Carter is in his second year at Northwestern Oklahoma State. 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 since November 2008. Francois previously served as the athletic director at 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. 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 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.
A comprehensive university located in the center of western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus. As western Colorado’s largest university, Colorado Mesa serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College, and via online offerings.
Colorado Mesa University serves as the primary intellectual and cultural center in western Colorado and promotes the exchange of ideas that are of regional, national and international importance. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 9,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.