FAIRBANKS (AP) -- After a yearlong search, Corene Schwartz has been selected over five other candidates to be the next athletic director for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Schwartz is an associate athletic director at Evansville University in Indiana, and will become the first woman to head up the UAF athletic department when she takes over in mid-January.
Prior to her stint at Evansville, Schwartz served as director of student-athlete academic and support services at Colorado State University and as athletic academic counselor at the University of Wyoming.
''We are pleased that a person of Dr. Schwartz's caliber applied for this position and look forward to working with her as our new athletic director,'' said Jake Poole, special assistant to the chancellor for athletics.
Schwartz, contacted at her home in Indiana, said, ''Professionally, its a great opportunity and a great fit. It's an opportunity to be involved with Division I and Division II programs that compete at a national level and to work with a hardworking coaching staff, which is something that can't be overlooked.''
Schwartz received her master's degree in physical education from the University of North Dakota and her doctorate in adult, community and higher education from Montana State University.
''I have experience in a variety of areas that will help the program move forward,'' Schwartz said. ''We're right on the cutting edge of growing and I'm looking forward to making that happen.''
The hiring of Schwartz ends the search to replace Randy Pitney, who was reassigned within the university by Chancellor Marshall Lind last December.
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