|UND hires Alden & Associates to help with AD search|
The University of North Dakota has hired executive search firm Alden & Associates of Amherst, Mass. to assist in identifying qualified candidates for the position of UND Director of Athletics. Headed by Elizabeth “Betsy” Alden, the firm specializes in athletics searches, and consults nationwide on a variety of athletics issues.
“We’re delighted to have Alden & Associates on board. Dr. Alden and her team bring a wealth of experience in senior-level searches for prominent institutions and she is, herself, a former athletic director,” said Greg Weisenstein, UND provost and vice president of academic affairs.
“Alden & Associates has a strong network of ties with athletics departments and conference officials throughout the country,” said Weisenstein. “This positions the firm very well, and it should bring us a pool of superior candidates. That is particularly important now. The University is seeking an athletic director who will lead the University through the process of bringing the rest of our athletic programs into the Division I status that our hockey programs already enjoy.”
Alden said her firm has already begun the process of helping UND find the best possible candidates. All applications will be directed to Alden & Associates. As they are received, the consultant will examine candidate credentials in accordance with the university’s pre-determined search criteria. After screening out any applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications, the consultant will interview promising candidates to gain a better understanding of their personalities and experiences.
“By the second half of the spring semester, we plan to be interviewing finalists,” Weisenstein said. The University hopes to have its new director of athletics in place no later than July 1.