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Ohio University names Eastman & Beaudine as director of athletics search firm

ATHENS, Ohio (May 25, 2005) -- Ohio University has chosen Eastman & Beaudine of Dallas, Texas, as the search firm to assist in identifying and screening candidates for the position of director of athletics, university President Roderick J. McDavis announced today.

Renowned as one of the premier search firms in sports recruiting, Eastman & Beaudine was recently named one of the top 50 retained executive search firms among 4,000 firms in North America. Among its sports clients are athletic leagues and NCAA, Division I teams, Olympic bodies and sporting goods companies. Eastman & Beaudine prides itself on identifying and presenting an outstanding and diverse slate of qualified candidates.

"Eastman & Beaudine has the type of expertise that will be invaluable in finding a person of the highest professional and personal standards to fill this important and challenging position," McDavis said. "We look forward to working with Eastman & Beaudine to find candidates who mirror the university's commitment to academic and athletic excellence. It is anticipated that a broad and talented field of applicants will be attracted to this position. Ohio University remains committed to offering its student-athletes an outstanding experience in the classroom and on the playing field."

Senior Associate Athletic Director Amy Dean was recently named interim director of athletics, effective June 16. Outgoing athletic director Thomas Boeh has accepted a similar position at California State University, Fresno. His last day in the office will be June 15.

It is anticipated a permanent director of athletics will be in place by the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year.

College of Health and Human Services Dean Gary Neiman has been named chair of the search committee to find a permanent director of athletics. The committee will consist of students, faculty, administrators and alumni.

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