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Interim AD Named

Published: January 26, 2018

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has named veteran athletics administrator Lynn Hickey to serve as EWU's interim athletic director while the university begins a national search to permanently fill the position.  

Hickey will begin her duties at Eastern Feb. 12.  

Cullinan has also named EWU Board of Trustees member Judge James Murphy and Provost Scott Gordon as co-chairs of the search committee.  

Hickey served for 18 years as Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) before leaving in 2017. During her tenure the university experienced unprecedented growth by adding football and women's soccer and golf. Hickey also developed a student-athlete centered program that combined academic success, leadership development, strength and conditioning and life skills. Prior to UTSA, Hickey served as Senior Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Texas A&M, College Station.  

"I am very happy to bring a leader with Ms. Hickey's experience to our university," says EWU President Mary Cullinan. "She will be key to maintaining momentum during this transition."  

"I am very honored and excited to have been asked by President Cullinan to assist Eastern Washington Athletics during this time of administrative transition," says Hickey. "I look forward to working with the Athletic Department staff, the student-athletes, and the university as a whole, continuing to build a diverse athletic department committed to competitive excellence, academic achievement, and providing an outstanding experience for student-athletes and coaches."  

Hickey will be assisted and advised by EWU Senior Associate Athletic Director Pam Parks, who is serving as a senior advisor for our Athletics Department during this transition.  

As for the search committee led by Murphy and Gordon, members will include:

  • Aaron Best, Football coach
  • Wendy Schuller, Women's Basketball Coach
  • Alan Coelho, Faculty, PEHR
  • Esteban Rodriguez-Marek, Faculty, Engineering and Chair, Faculty Organization
  • Laurie Morley, Faculty, PEHR, and Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Jim Fitzgerald, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success
  • Macey Weitz, Chair, Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Leah Nemeth, Student Representative, Board of Trustees
  • Doug Kelley, EWU Alumnus, Avista
  • Andrea Zaman, EWU Alumna and former EWU Student Athlete
  • Heather Wilson, EWU Alumna and former EWU Student Athlete
  • Tommy Williams, EWU Alumnus and former EWU Student Athlete

 As Eastern goes forward, the search committee will seek input and feedback from students, faculty, staff, and community members.   EWU plans to have a permanent athletic director in place by the end of the academic year to replace Bill Chaves, who took a similar post with the University of North Dakota.        

Interim EWU Athletic Director Lynn Hickey

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