Capt. James Settele has served as the University of Maine's interim director of athletics since March. UMaine will this month begin a national search for a permanent replacement for Karlton Creech, who left to take a position at the University of Denver. Credit: UMaine athletics

ORONO, Maine — Dr. Robert Dana was on the search committee that hired Karlton Creech as the University of Maine’s athletic director in 2014 and now he will be the chairman of the committee that will find a replacement for Creech.

Outgoing UMaine President Susan J. Hunter announced Dana’s appointment on Tuesday.

The national search for Creech’s replacement will begin this month.

Creech became the University of Denver’s vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center Operations on May 1.

Dana, the UMaine vice president for student life and dean of students, said he is in the process of putting together a 12-member search committee along with Chris Lindstrom, the vice-president of human resources at UMaine. Dana and Lindstrom will be the 13th and 14th members of the committee.

“We’re hoping to have the committee established by the end of this week,’ said Dana.

Once they establish the committee, they will seek a consultant or consulting firm to help “bring potential candidates to the forefront” and they will post the job.

Dana knows what attributes they will be looking for and he is confident they can find the right person. He said the candidate pool during the search that resulted in Creech being hired was an impressive one.

“We want a cutting-edge, world class athletic director who gets the idea that athletics are a very important part of the University of Maine and of this community and is a really big thing for the state,” said Dana. “I want them to understand the history of success we’ve had at UMaine and build upon that.

“We want to find someone who has a broad skill-set and is eager to be in the driver’s seat, if you will,” said Dana. “Of course, they will have to understand the complexities of the job. (Dealing with) operations, government, facilities, compliance, marketing, Title IX…all of those things. It has to be somebody who will be community-minded and willing to do some heavy lifting.

“We want someone who will progress our athletic program,” he stated.

UMaine has had six different athletic directors or interim athletic directors in 12 years.

Dana believes the university has a lot to offer a potential athletic director.

“We have a great brand at the University of Maine. It’s a remarkable place. It gives you a lot to work with. For the right person, they will find this an exciting place to be,” he said.

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 Creech departed.

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.

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