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College
The Atlantic 10 Conference promoted Drew Dickerson to assistant commissioner and Caitlin Bonner to director of advanced media.

Boston University named Aaron Aaker associate athletic director for compliance and strategic planning. Aaker was assistant athletic director at Boston College.

Clayton State University named Tim Duncan athletic director. Duncan was athletic director at Paine College.

Clemson University named Darryl Richard assistant director of business operations, Barbara Kennedy-Dixon special assistant to the athletic director, and Natalie Gonzalez as senior woman administrator. Richard was a financial analyst and budget coordinator for Entergy, Kennedy-Dixon was senior woman administrator at Clemson, and Gonzalez was associate athletic director, varsity sports administration, contest management, travel and scheduling at Yale University.

The University of Delaware promoted Christine Motta to associate athletic director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator. Motta was assistant director of career services for athletes.

Eastern Illinois University named Tom Michael athletic director. Michael was senior associate athletic director at the University of Illinois.

The University of Houston promoted Jeramiah Dickey to senior associate athletic director for external operations, David Bassity to associate athletic director for strategic marketing and communications, Brian Crawford to assistant athletic director for development, John Noud to director of development, Allison McClain to associate director of communications, and Jessika Bailey to assistant director of communications. The school also named Ian Sadler assistant athletic director for strategic marketing, Katie King assistant director of development, Anthony Hulse development assistant, Kayla Bosco assistant director of strategic marketing, Sam Colin marketing assistant, and Roman Petrowski communications assistant.

The Big East Conference named Stu Jackson senior associate commissioner for men’s basketball. Jackson most recently was executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County named Kala Andrews associate athletic director for compliance. Andrews was associate director of compliance at the University of South Carolina.

Mercy College named Matt Kilcullen athletic director. Kilcullen was assistant vice president of athletic fundraising at the Florida Institute of Technology.

The University of Oklahoma named Drew Hill director of player personnel for the football program. Hill was director of player personnel for the football program at Colorado State University.
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Xavier University promoted Patrick Dillon assistant director for marketing.

Temple University named Vincent James athletics business manager. James was athletics business manager at La Salle University.

Facilities
Dover International Speedway hired Lynn Sudik as social media coordinator. Sudik was an account coordinator for Krupp Kommunications.

Football
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The Orange Bowl Committee promoted Ana Hernandez-Ochoa to chief marketing officer, Jarrett Nasca to chief operating officer, Dawson Hughes to vice president of business development, Mitch Morrall to vice president of operations and special projects, Christina Ramos to director of marketing, John Mas to director of partnerships, Armando Ramirez to director of ticket sales and services, Joe Mandele to manager of ticket sales and Jessica Porter to manager of ticket services.

The Cleveland Browns hired Peter John-Baptiste as vice president of communications. John-Baptiste was vice president of communications for the New York Giants.

Hockey
The AHL Grand Rapid Griffins promoted Matt Batchelder to vice president of ticket sales, Zack Krywyj to group sales account manager and Mike Myeno to season ticket sales and customer service account manager.

The Minnesota Wild hired Jamie Spencer as vice president of new business development and assistant to the chairman. Spencer was executive vice president of sales for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Learfield Sports promoted Amber Armstrong to director of sales operations and Lori Bland to director of client services.

The Aspire Group promoted Gary Wilbert to selling manager for the Fan Relationship Management Center at Towson University and Phenicia Taylor to senior sales consultant at the USA National Sales Center. The company also named Trevor Allison manager of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Fan Relationship Management Center, Brian Maughn ticket sales consultant for the Fan Relationship Management Center at Florida International University, Gabriel Nunez and Gary Jackson ticket sales consultants for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Fan Relationship Management Center, Taylor Zafir retention consultant for the Rutgers University Fan Relationship Management Center, Brent Buckley and Cole Jackob strategic consulting and research associates, and Nick Buten marketing associate.

French/West/Vaughan promoted Chris Shigas to senior vice president and named Alexander Aigen account coordinator supporting the agency’s sports and entertainment practice.

Stealth Media House named Thomas Repicci senior vice president of business development. Repicci was vice president of operations and brand relationships at Octagon Entertainment.

Teneo Sports named Charlie Denson chairman. Denson was president of Nike Brand until his retirement in January.

Media
Universal Sports Network named Mike Severino vice president of distribution strategy. Severino was vice president of affiliate sales for Fearnet, a Sony, Lionsgate and Comcast joint venture.

Back9Network named Brian Kalinowski executive vice president of digital media. Kalinowski was chief operating officer of LiveClips.

Yahoo Sports Radio named Jeffrey Schwartz executive vice president of corporate strategy and Amanda Deutchman director of marketing and business development. Schwartz was vice president of sports sales for Fox Sports Radio and Deutchman was marketing communications manager for Fox Sports Radio.

The Outdoor Channel named Viga Hall and Michael Savino account executives. Hall will serve clients in the West and Savino will focus on the Southeast.

Olympics
Hockey Canada named Tom Renney president and chief executive officer. Renney was most recently an associate head coach with the Detroit Red Wings.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Under Armour named Frederick Bealefeld chief global security officer. Bealefeld is a former Baltimore Police Department commissioner.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
Connecticut Convention and Sports Bureau President Michael Van Parys will retire from his position, effective Friday.

Awards and Boards
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee named Cassidy Turley executive vice president Michael Haenel, International Capital Investment chief operating officer Jim Grogan, CBRE executive vice president Brad Anderson, ToH Design Studio president David Farca and Vestar vice president Patrick McGinley to its board of directors.

Other
The V Foundation for Cancer Research named Rob Steeger vice president of event and cause marketing. Steeger was director of partnership marketing for the U.S. Tennis Association.

The Association of Surfing Professionals hired Mark Noonan as its chief commercial officer. Noonan is the founder of sports marketing and media agency FocalSport.

The Club Managers Association of America named Jeffrey Morgan chief executive officer. Morgan was president and chief executive officer of the National Investor Relations Institute. He succeeds James Singerling, who retired after 25 years of service.

Speedway Children’s Charities named Major Gen. Chuck Swannack executive director. Swannack replaces Major Gen. Tom Sadler, who was named executive director emeritus after serving 25 years as executive director.

People news
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