The search for a new athletic director is still in progress as President Phil Schubert and others are reviewing applicants for the position.
“We have received a number of expressions of interest and are in a preliminary phase of having discussions with those interested in the position,” Schubert said. “Step one is we’ll look at the qualifications of the people that approach us and make sure they have the requisites needed to fulfill this role they are asking to fill, and secondly, we’ll then take that number and try to dwindle it down to a more manageable number of applicants who we feel will be successful here at ACU.”
As with the case of hiring new faculty and staff, Schubert said he would like to find someone who has the same qualities and characteristics that embody what ACU stands for.
“First and foremost, I want a leader who not only agrees with and supports a very intentional faith orientation, but I want someone who can demonstrate how to weave your faith into the administration,” Schubert said. “Someone who can be a leader on campus, who can mentor our players and even coaches is what I’m looking for.”
“A few other things we are looking for is for someone who can be somewhat of a relationship expert and someone who can communicate well with our alumni and families,” Schubert said. “Someone who also is excellent at recruiting and bringing the best talent to ACU that they can so that we may continue to stay competitive and strive towards athletic greatness.”
Another attribute considered in the search for names is experience at the Div. 1 level.
“They also need to be a person who either knows, or can learn fairly quickly, the NCAA landscape,” Schubert said. “Someone who knows the intricacies and details of the NCAA and someone who can excel in that role.”
Current athletic director Jared Mosley has been heavily involved in the discussion and search for a replacement. Mosley, who announced his resignation Aug. 22, has had several conversations with Schubert on applicants who he feels will succeed at ACU.
“Phil and I have spoken regularly about this process, and I have always tried to give him my best opinion,” Mosley said. “There isn’t a set deadline on when we need to have someone here, but hopefully it will be after my final day on Homecoming weekend.”
Mosley promised he would stay on with ACU until October to help search for a replacement.