May 20, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University will host a series of campus and community forums Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, as part of the search for its new athletic director. The four finalists for the position are: Kurt Esser, senior associate athletic director at the University of New Mexico; Vincent Otoupal, athletic director at California State University, Monterey Bay; Kent Stanley, senior associate athletic director at Utah State University; and Jared Sumsion, associate athletic director at Utah Valley University.
"We're excited about the depth and breadth of the candidates the search has yielded to this point," said vice president of student affairs Cory L. Duckworth. "Each candidate brings a unique background and skill set to this opportunity. We pride ourselves on being a community-engaged institution and are looking for the community's perspective as this process continues to unfold."
Kurt Esser joined the University of New Mexico Lobos in July of 2007 as senior associate athletic director. He worked the previous five years at the University of Nevada, Reno, as associate athletic director with specific responsibility over marketing and communications. Esser holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Indiana University and a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas.
Vince Otoupal has served as athletic director at California State University, Monterey Bay, since 2008. Prior to that, he worked for three years at San Jose State University, first as associate athletic director for development and Spartan Foundation executive director and later as senior associate athletic director for external relations. He has also held multiple positions in Stanford University's department of athletics, including director of major gifts. He earned an MBA from the University of Oregon and bachelor degrees from Stanford in both political science and organizational behavior.
Kent Stanley is entering his fifth year at Utah State University as senior associate athletic director for development. Prior to joining Utah State, Stanley spent two years as the director of athletics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Prior to that, he spent five years at Eastern Washington University as associate athletic director for development. He spent two seasons as head coach of the women's basketball team at Oklahoma City University and eight seasons as women's basketball head coach at Fresno Pacific University. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and physical education from Trinity Western University and his graduate degree from California State University, Fresno, in athletic administration.
Jared Sumsion has served in multiple capacities within the athletics department at UVU. He is currently the department's associate athletic director for external operations. He has also served as assistant athletic director for development and branding and as executive director of the Wolverine Club. Prior to his move to the athletics department, he worked as assistant to UVU's president. Sumsion holds a bachelor's degree from UVU, an MBA and is in the final stages of his doctoral studies in organizational leadership with a minor in conflict resolution.
Open forums will be held. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend. The schedule will be as follows:
Tuesday, May 21, UVU Science Building Auditorium (SB 134)
10:15 a.m.: Kurt Esser
1:15 p.m.: Vincent Otoupal
Wednesday, May 22, UVU Sorensen Student Center (SC 206 a,b,c)
9:45 a.m.: Kent Stanley
1 p.m.: Jared Sumsion
Current director of athletics, Michael V. Jacobsen, announced on Jan. 28 of this year that he would be retiring from the position he has held for 29 years. During his tenure of nearly three decades, Jacobsen successfully transitioned UVU from a junior college athletics program into NCAA Division I and was also the driving force behind UVU's acceptance of an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference, effective July 1, 2013.