UW Athletics Director Search Committee Named

Aug. 15, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan has selected a search committee to help find an athletics director to replace Gary Barta, who left in July for the University of Iowa.

Serving on the committee are:
-- Dave Bonner, publisher of the Powell Tribune and former UW trustee.
-- Stig Hallingbye, Wyoming banker and member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame (skiing).
-- Joe Legerski , head coach, UW women's basketball team.
-- Margie McDonald, former commissioner of the High Country Athletic Conference and associate commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.
-- Kevin McKinney, UW associate athletics director and director of athletics media and public relations.
-- Paul Roach, former UW football coach and athletics director.
-- Nell Russell, interim director of UW Human Resources Department.
-- Steven Suder , UW head wrestling coach.

"Each of the individuals I asked to serve on this selection committee has an abiding interest in the University of Wyoming," Buchanan says. "Many have a history of significant accomplishment within UW intercollegiate athletics. They are as committed as I am in seeing that our next athletics director continues to make our teams increasingly competitive while maintaining our long commitment to institutional integrity and the welfare of our student-athletes."

The committee will begin meeting this month to establish processes and timelines for the search and may conduct candidate interviews by October. Buchanan has said he expects to hire a new athletics director this fall. Operations within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics currently are the responsibility of Deputy Athletics Director Barbara Burke.

Assisting with the search is Chuck Neinas, of Neinas Sports Services of Boulder, Colo.