Four Finalists for Director of Athletics Announced; Visits Scheduled

Four finalists to become the next director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky University have been identified.

They are: Jude A. Killy, senior associate athletics director for external operations at Miami University (Ohio); Stephen Lochmueller, owner and president of Direct Attention Inc.; Derrick Ramsey, director of athletics at Coppin State University; and Christopher Walker, associate athletics director for development at Washington State University.

Each finalist will spend two days on EKU’s Richmond campus for a series of meetings and forums. An open forum with each candidate will give members of the campus community and public the opportunity to meet the finalists and hear their ideas for moving EKU Athletics forward.

The finalists’ visits are scheduled as follows: Walker, March 8-9; Lochmueller, March 12-13; Killy, March 16-17; and Ramsey, March 18-19. In each case, the open forums are scheduled for the second day, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 3104 of the New Science Building.

“Given the positive trajectory of EKU athletics, we had an incredibly strong applicant pool,” said EKU President Michael Benson, noting that more than 60 candidates formally sought the position. “The search committee did a superb job of winnowing down from this group a very solid slate of finalists, and we are excited to welcome them to campus and introduce them to the Colonel family.”

The chair of that search committee, Nick Perlick, vice president for development and alumni relations, said the nationwide search attracted four “outstanding” finalists. “We encourage the campus community and all those interested in the future of EKU Athletics to attend the open forum, where they can meet the candidates and hear their ideas.”

Killy has been at Miami University since 2008 and was named to his current position in 2012. Previously, he served from 2002 to 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was director of athletic development operations and director of the annual fund-Panther Club. In all, he has almost 20 years of experience in the areas of athletics administration and sports information. Killy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from John Carroll University in 1995 and a master’s degree in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University in 1998.

Lochmueller has held a variety of executive positions, mostly in the communications field, since 1989. Since April 2014, he has been president of Direct Attention Inc., a company he has owned many years. Previously, he was chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer of Lightyear Network Solutions. Among other positions, he has served as regional vice president for Leap Wireless, area general manager for Nextel Partners, vice president and general manager for Horizon Cellular, and CEO and owner of Somerset Houseboats. He earned a bachelor’s degree of general studies in 1975 from the University of Kentucky, where he also played for the UK basketball team.

Ramsey has served as director of athletics at Coppin State University in Baltimore since 2008. His previous positions include deputy secretary of Kentucky’s Commerce Cabinet (2003-07), athletics director at Kentucky State University (1999-2003), and director of development and community relations at the University of Kentucky (1996-99). Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Kentucky, where he played quarterback on the UK football team before going on to a nine-year career in the National Football League, and a master’s degree in sports administration from EKU. He won a NFL Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders in 1981.

Walker has served as associate athletics director for development at Washington State University since 2008. Previous positions include: associate athletics director for external relations at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2006-08), and associate athletics director for communications and broadcasting and then for development at Southern Methodist University (2000-06). In all, Walker has 20 years of experience in the areas of athletics administration and sports information. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University in 1992.

Competing at the NCAA Division I level (FCS for football), EKU offers 17 varsity sports and earned the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the best overall performance in conference competition, in 2011-12 and again in 2013-14.

At the national level, EKU teams have qualified for 19 NCAA championship events spanning the last 10 years. The Colonel football team has reached the NCAA FCS playoffs four times, including a trip this past fall, while the men’s basketball team danced in the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2014. Meanwhile, the men’s cross country team has been a fixture at the NCAA championship meet four years running.

EKU’s student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom. In the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) released in the spring of 2014, Eastern Kentucky boasted several quality rankings. Ten programs – men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s golf, soccer, softball, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, and volleyball – received perfect scores of 1,000 on the APR for the 2012-13 academic year. This past fall term, the all-athlete GPA was 3.12, which marked the sixth consecutive semester the all-athlete term GPA was above a 3.0.

EKU’s new director of athletics will succeed Mark Sandy, who resigned earlier this year to take a similar position at Ball State University.

Published on February 24, 2015

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