DATE:  May 26, 2006       
CONTACT: Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President, (361) 825-2621; or Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications, (361) 825-2427        

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Names Four Finalists for Position of Islander Athletics Director

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew today announced the names of four finalists for the position of athletics director.

The University has been without a permanent athletics director since the resignation of Dan Viola in February. A search committee composed of individuals from the campus and the community screened 56 applicants and narrowed the list to four finalists.

The candidates will be brought to campus for interviews beginning in early June.

“As we’ve gone through the experience of selecting a new athletics director we’ve been pleased with the competitive pool of candidates, many from strong Division I programs,” said Killebrew. “All the finalists are extremely well qualified, and we look forward to meeting with them personally in order to select the ideal athletics director to take our University to the next level of sports excellence.”

William Chaves, Jr. has served as associate athletic director for external affairs at Baylor University since 2004. During that time, he has supervised a staff of nine full-time employees in the areas of marketing, sales, ticketing, athletic licensing and women’s volleyball. Prior to joining Baylor in 2004, he spent two years as associate athletics director-development at the University of Massachusetts. Chaves graduated from Saint Thomas University with a degree in sports administration in 1988 and earned a master’s degree in health, physical education and leisure from Oklahoma State University. In 1999, he received a master’s in sports management degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Henry Dickenson joined the staff at the University of North Texas as assistant athletics director for communications in 1995 and has been senior associate athletics director since 1999. In that position, his duties have included management of the annual Mean Green Club’s scholarship fund and overseeing fund-raising, corporate sales, marketing, public relations and promotions. He began his career in 1989 as assistant sports information director at Virginia Commonwealth University. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 and, in 1990, received his master’s in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy.

Scott Farmer has been senior associate director of athletics for internal affairs at Troy University since 1999. His duties have included supervising the day-to-day operation of the athletics department, preparing and overseeing the athletics department budget and coordinating with the director on the planning, implementation and administration of the University’s 16 NCAA Division I-A programs. After graduating from Georgia Southern with a degree in health and physical education, he earned his master’s in sports management from the University and, in 1990, joined the Georgia Southern athletics department as assistant director.

Brian Teter is the associate athletics director at the University of Cincinnati, where his duties have included coordinating media relations and developing marketing and promotional plans. Teter graduated from Illinois State University in 1985 with a degree in mass communications and, after earning a master’s in athletic administration, was named the University’s assistant sports information director. In 1990, he became an assistant in the sports information departments at Indiana University and from 1991 through 1994 served as sports information director at Miami (Ohio) University. After nine years as associate commissioner of Conference USA, he joined the University of Cincinnati staff in 2003.