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First athletic director candidate virtual visit Thursday

Candidate Michelle C. Morgan will participate in online forums with University stakeholders.

By Lindsey Coulter

May 6, 2020

Soccer players on the field.The nationwide search for Metropolitan State University of Denver’s new athletic director returned two outstanding final candidates. Each candidate offers a wealth of academic and athletic leadership experience and a lifelong dedication to learning.

Each candidate will participate in virtual open forums with University stakeholders this week. Faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to attend the following sessions to hear each candidate’s vision for the role and ask questions.

Candidate visit No. 1: Michelle C. Morgan

Morgan has served as senior director of Athletics and Recreation for John Carroll University since 2018, and concurrently services on the NCAA Division II Management Council, the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and the NCAA Division III Championships Committee. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, where she previously served as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and an executive MBA both from the University of St. Thomas. She is also a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach and a member of multiple professional organizations including the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and Women Leaders in College Sports.


Open forum with faculty and staff

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Moderated by Shawn Worthy, Ph.D., professor, Human Services, chair, search committee

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 720-577-5242   United States, Denver (Toll)

Conference ID: 313 900 149#

Open forum with Athletics staff

11 a.m.-noon

Moderated by Tanya Haave, head coach, Women’s Basketball

Open forum with University dignitaries

1-2 p.m.

  • Roy Alexander, President’s Community Cabinet representative
  • Rob Cohen, former MSU Denver Board of Trustees chair, chair and CEO of the IMA Financial Group Inc.
  • Bill Hanzlik, former MSU Board of Trustees member and NBA basketball player
  • Jack Pogge, former chair, MSU Denver Board of Trustees

Open forum with student-athletes

2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Moderated by Cain Van Heyningen, student-athlete.

Topics: Athletics, Hiring

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