UMaine to launch national search this month for next athletics director

A national search for a University of Maine athletics director will begin this month.

UMaine President Susan J. Hunter has appointed Dr. Robert Dana, UMaine vice president for student life and dean of students, chair of the search committee for the new permanent head of the state’s only Division I program.

The search committee will be made up of representatives from the Department of Athletics, UMaine faculty, staff and students, University of Maine Foundation, University of Maine Alumni Association, and community members. It will make its recommendation after July 1 to incoming President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who joins the UMaine community at that time.

Capt. James Settele has served as UMaine interim athletic director since March 12 after Karlton Creech was named vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver.

At the conclusion of his term as interim AD, Settele will return to his position as executive director of UMaine’s School of Policy and International Affairs.