FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is going to look for a new athletic director.
The current athletic director and dean of the School of Human Performance and Development, Lily Espinoza, remains with the college through June 30, said Jowel Laguerre, the college’s superintendent/president.
Solano College governing board members this week approved a new job description for the athletic director position, separating it from the dean’s academic responsibilities, which were reassigned to the dean of the School of Health Sciences, eliminating the dean’s position in Human Performance and Development.
“We had always had it combined with the dean and that person was doing double duty, but we never really invested in the athletic director (side),” Laguerre said.
He said that having a person strictly focused on the school’s intercollegiate athletics will “help us identify what we need in terms of sports, strengthen the sports we have, find the resources, do research and bring in sports we need to have at the college.”
Solano College will start a search for a new athletic director soon, Laguerre said. He hopes to have the new person in place July 1, the start of the 2014-15 budget year, he said. He said the position should be posted within the week.
The hiring process will involve a committee making its recommendations to the administration. Hiring will be up to Laguerre.
“Ultimately it’s my decision and the board affirms my decision,” Laguerre said.
Laguerre said the athletic director position is budgeted for next year, but that right now it’s a fairly wide range. A specific salary number will be decided when the college hires someone.
“You won’t know until you hire the person and know their qualifications,” Laguerre said. “I do know it will be less than what the dean’s position was.”
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