OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has announced the names of three finalists for the position of athletic director. Each candidate will visit the campus to interview with the university search committee and to meet various campus and community audiences.
The candidates, selected from a national pool of 45 applicants, are Kenneth Beazer, Gregory Byrne and Jerry Graybeal.
Beazer has spent the past four years serving as the director of athletic development at Utah State University. An alumnus of WSU, Beazer was the director of athletics at Snow College from 1995 to 2001. Before becoming a sports administrator, he served as defensive coordinator for the Snow College football team and worked as an assistant football coach for Washington State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Weber State University and a master's degree in communications from Washington State University.
Byrne has more than a decade of intercollegiate athletics experience. Most recently, he served as the associate athletic director for development and fundraising at the University of Kentucky from 2002-2005. Prior to joining the Kentucky Wildcats, Byrne spent four years as associate athletic director of development at Oregon State University. He served as the regional director of development at the University of Oregon from 1995-1998. Byrne's resume also includes a year as the special projects coordinator for the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. He holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University.
Graybeal is a familiar name to Wildcat fans, with more than 25 years of experience in the Big Sky Conference as an educator, coach and administrator. Since April, Graybeal has served as interim athletic director at Weber State University. He served as head football coach for the Wildcats from 1998-2004. Prior to joining the Wildcats, he spent 17 years as an assistant professor of physical education and assistant coach for the Eastern Washington University football team, including nine seasons as defensive coordinator. Graybeal earned a bachelor's degree in education from EWU.
All three finalists will meet with campus audiences and have an opportunity to interact with community members during the next step in the search process.
The university will announce exact dates and times for the community to meet the finalists.
WSU's athletic director position has been open since April when William J. Weidner resigned to accept a position at the University of Central Florida.
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