Murray Blackwelder, External Affairs, (515) 294-7730
John McCarroll, University Relations, (515) 294-6137


AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University has appointed a 22-member director of intercollegiate athletics search committee.

James Melsa, dean of the Iowa State College of Engineering, will chair the committee. The committee members are Gina Curtis, student-athlete in women's track; Jamie Beyer, student-athlete in men's track; Bill Fennelly, women's basketball coach; Laurie Gustafson, associate director of athletics for business operations; Trip Hedrick, men's swimming coach; Julie Manning, women's golf coach; Donald Reed, assistant director of athletics for student-athlete services; Corley Brooke, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence; Tom Hill, vice president for student affairs; Tahira Hira, associate vice provost for extension; Richard Horton, professor of computer engineering and ISU Athletic Council chair; Lorraine Hoffman, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine; Barbara Licklider, assistant professor of professional studies and Big 12 faculty representative; Tom Mitchell, ISU Foundation president; Kathy Baker, civic athletics booster and Johnston civic leader; Steve Bergstrom, president of Dynegy, Houston, Texas; Kathryn Engel, athletics booster and Ames civic leader; Jon Fleming, Ames physician; Richard Jacobson, president of Jacobson Warehouse Co.; Dan Rupprecht, owner of R & R Realty of West Des Moines; and Gary Thompson, president of Gary Thompson Oil in Ames.

The first committee meeting will be Monday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 114 Marston Hall.

"The director of intercollegiate athletics plays a key role in the mission of Iowa State University. This diverse committee reflects the importance of this position and our commitment to finding the best person to serve the athletic programs and student-athletes of Iowa State," said Murray Blackwelder, vice president for external affairs.

Gene Smith, director of intercollegiate athletics since 1993, has been appointed athletics director at Arizona State University. Elaine Hieber, senior associate athletics director and senior women's administrator at Iowa State University, will serve as interim director of athletics.

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