New AD at Kansas State?

Weekend Activity and Secret Meetings. New Names have emerged over the weekend. Kansas State is in the home stretch of the search for a new athletics director as we have learned that the list is down to three that is going to President-elect Kirk Schulz.

Mum continues to be the official word continuing the search for a new director of athletics at Kansas State University., however, have learned that an initial set of interviews did take place in Kansas City over the weekend of April 24-26, and that Kansas State President-elect Kirk Schulz has been given a list of three names for consideration.

It's been confirmed that Marc Boehm, executive associate athletic director at Nebraska to AD Tom Osborne, and, John Currie, executive associate athletic director at Tennessee, are two of the three names on that abbreviated list.

Amy Button Renz, K-State Alumni Association President and CEO, and leader of the selection committee, continues to maintain the confidentiality of the search, adding only that it's been a "quality pool" of applicants. She adds, "I'm not in a position to discus any of the individuals involved."

She only says, "The process is continuing," and, "Dr. Schulz will make the announcement in June, or by June."

There's reason to believe that the interviews could be as early as next week, and a director named by the start of the Big 12 Conference AD's meeting in Colorado Springs in two weeks.

Boehm, a native of Topeka, is a 1983 graduate of Kansas State. Prior to Nebraska, he was on the athletic staff at the University of Pittsburgh (1997-2003), and prior to that the associate executive director of the Fiesta Bowl (1987-1991).

Boehm led the search in the hire of Doc Sadler as NU's basketball coach, and orchestrated the largest multi-media contract in college sports through IMG College Sports.

Currie is in his 10th year with the Volunteers. He's given much of the credit for the hire of Bruce Pearl as basketball coach, and is credited for heading a fundraising/marketing campaign of $70 million.

In addition, he's headed a $175 million renovation campaign for Tennessee's 100,000-plus-seat football stadium, and a $37 million improvement on the Vol's basketball facility.

Former K-Stater Don Bocchi confirmed that he was one of those interviewed in Kansas City when it is believed that up to six candidates were quizzed by the selection committee.

One of the others interviewed was former Kansas State track star Jeff Schemmel, who is currently the director of athletics at San Diego State.

Bocchi, a member of Kansas State's football staff under coach Jim Dickey from 1981-84, said he "felt real good" about his interview. He added, "I think the committee did a commendable job, but I've been told that I'm not one of the three that they will talk to again."

Bocchi said that there was a "huge focus" on fundraising, but other than that, the questioning was somewhat general.

Knowing the Kansas State make-up from his stay in Manhattan, Bocchi said, "Kansas State fans are wonderful people, but they need a face to rally around. For many years, Ernie Barrett (former AD/fund raiser) was that face, who supported the coaches, who could fund raise ... someone K-Staters could connect with as one of theirs."

Button Renz is currently taking part in the series of spring Catbacker meetings around the state, which included one at mid-week in Concordia.

"Our people are tremendously excited," she said. "They are excited about what our baseball team is doing, and all of our sports. It's an exciting time at K-State."

The search committee includes Lee Borck, partner and CEO of Innovative Livestock Services; Suzie Fritz, KSU volleyball coach: Mike Holen, Dean of College of Education, Faculty Representative to the Big 12 Conference and member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council; Melody LeHew, Associate Professor in Apparel Textiles and Interior Design; Kevin Lockett, Manager of Minority Entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation; Chris Merriewether, a current member of the Kansas State men's basketball team; and, Lydia Peele, KSU student body president.

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