Fourth UNK AD candidate comes to campus

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:32:00 CST

The fourth and final finalist candidate to become the UNK Loper Athletic Director is on the Kearney campus Wednesday. Meet Mary Ellen Gillespie, Associate Athleitc Director of Bowling Green University in Ohio. She has been an amazing fund raiser at the school, definitely a huge part of an AD's job description. Bowling Green athletics raised 28 million dollars during her tenure. She said Bowling Green's Athletic Department is very similar to UNK's and she knows in her state of Ohio, a school like Bowling Green is to Ohio State as Nebraska–Kearney would be to Nebraska. "You know, in Ohio everybody no matter where you go to school is a Buckeye and everybody in the state sees Scarlett and Grey and that's fantastic from a fan base and a state pride and so I am very familiar with the fact that everybody in Nebraska is a Cornhusker you know and I'm sensitive to that and I also know we have a lot of pride in Kearney and we're Lopers and we're just as important in the state." Mary Ellen came to BG in 2006 as Director of Major Gifts and has had several promotions in the Athletic Department for the Falcons since then. We understand Chancellor Doug Kristensen will make his decision within the next week and of course we'll be there when that decision is made.