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UND hires Bill Chaves of Eastern Washington as school's next athletic director

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UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school's next athletic director.

A press conference is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday to introduce Chaves.

Chaves interviewed for the job on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The other finalists were Western Michigan senior associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau and Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott.

“I am excited about the impact Bill Chaves’ leadership will have on an already excellent athletics program here at UND," UND President Mark Kennedy said. "I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Provost Tom DiLorenzo, for its excellent work. Thanks in part to a new law that protected the anonymity of the applicants, we had an excellent pool to choose from. We were pleased with the selection of the four candidates, which made it a challenging decision. We received excellent input from the forums, from those who attended interview sessions, and from the search committee members. All of the candidates fared well, but in the end Bill was a notch ahead of the other candidates."

Chaves will replace Brian Faison, who announced in October that he would soon retire as athletic director.