Athletic Director finalists named

Adelle Whitefoot

Northern Michigan University announced three finalists for the position of athletic director to replace former AD Ken Godfrey going through 100 applications.

The three finalists are Forrest Karr, director of athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Sean Johnson, senior associate athletic director for external affairs at the University of North Dakota (UND); and David Diles, the director of athletics and chair of the department of physical education, recreation and athletics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The three will be brought to campus for a tour and to make a public presentation before the search committee makes a recommendation to President Les Wong.

Times and dates for the presentations have not been set at this time.

“Our three finalists stood out from among the others due to their exceptional past and current experience and their vision of where they could take NMU intercollegiate, club and intramural programs, as well as the United States Olympic Education Center programs in the future,” Rochester said in a press release. “We’re excited to have the NMU campus and community meet David, Sean and Forrest.”

Karr has held his current position since 2005.

During his time as athletic director at UAF the Nanooks won three team NCAA titles and three individual NCAA titles.

“I have some good friends from Marquette,” Karr said. “The people I’ve met are humble, hard-working and straightforward.

“They have a can do attitude that is very similar to Alaskans.”

Karr has helped the school add a women’s swimming program and establish a sports hall of fame.

“Northern is a model multidivisional athletic department,” Karr said. “I respect the coaches and administrative staff members that I’ve worked alongside and there is great potential for the department going forward.”

Karr holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has completed a law degree at the University of Wisconsin.

Diles has held his current position at Case Western since 2005.

Some of his responsibilities include management of intercollegiate sports and academic oversight of the physical education curriculum and staff.

Diles has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University and a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan.

Johnson has held his current position since 2008.

One of his responsibilities include management of external relations, such as corporate sales, ticket sales, marketing, public relations and broadcasting.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Diles and Johnson were contacted for an interview but had no comment