Games has new director

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2005

The 2006 Arctic Winter Games has a new general manager.

Eagle River resident Tim Dillon was selected last week to be the new general manager for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games, bringing more than 20 years of sports and event coordination experience with him.

The Arctic Winter Games is an international athletic competition and cultural exchange between northern and arctic athletes. The Games will take place in the Kenai Peninsula Borough next year.

"This is a way I can give back to Alaska," Dillon said.

Dillon has worked as the director of athletics and vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as a variety of other athletic administrative positions.

He worked as director of the first two rounds of last year's NCAA basketball tournament in New York and directed the Frozen Four in 2003 in New York and in 1999 in California.

The Frozen Four is the Division I national ice hockey championships for college hockey.

His last job was athletic director at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he worked on enhancing the school's Division I sports program, a press release said.

During that time, he continued to live in Eagle River, commuting to New York for work, Dillon said.

While he is coordinating the Arctic Winter Games, he will have a residence on the Kenai Peninsula as well as in Eagle River, spending most of his time on the peninsula, he said. He added that it is important to get to know the community.

Dillon said he applied for the job because he had completed what he was working on in New York.

"It really looked like an outstanding opportunity," he said. "It gives me an opportunity to really work with a great group of people," he said.

He started his new job Friday.

As he begins his work, Dillon said he views his new job as an orchestra leader.

"I have to make sure we're all playing in harmony," he said.

A major part of his duties will be to recruit a large number of volunteers and get them trained, he said.

The search for a new general manager began after Loren Smith, the previous manager, resigned Feb. 10 during a 2006 Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games Host Society board meeting. Family reasons were cited as the reason for Smith's departure.

Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor Dale Bagley filled the general manager position for five weeks while a new general manager was found. Bagley said he was not paid any of the general manager's salary, which is just over $70,000 per year.

Bagley said there were about 25 applicants for the position and two were interviewed by the host society board.

The society called 10 references and all spoke highly of Dillon, Bagley said, adding that the board is excited about the new general manager.

"He's been involved in sports for a long time," Bagley said. "He's got a great management background."

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