ISU selects three finalists for athletic director
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[APRIL 7, 2005]
The committee searching for the next Illinois State University
director of intercollegiate athletics has selected three finalists
for the position: Tom Collins, senior associate athletic director at
Arizona State University; Sheahon Zenger, associate director of
athletics for development at Kansas State University; and David
Heeke, senior associate athletic director at the University of
Oregon. They will begin visits to the university next week.
Collins has served as senior associate athletic director since 2000.
In that position, he has supervised seven nationally ranked Division
I-A sports programs, managed a staff of eight media relations
professionals and assisted a collegiate licensing program with more
than $450,000 in annual revenues. Before taking the position, he was
associate athletic director, corporate and community affairs, from
1996 to 2000, and assistant athletic director, operations, from 1985
to 1996, both at Arizona State. He also held athletics positions at
the University of Miami and Washington State University.
earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from Northern Arizona
Zenger has served as associate director of athletics for
development since 2002. In that position, he led the implementation
of Kansas State's donor-based seating program, directed fundraisers
charged with raising in excess of $10 million each fiscal year and
developed the $63 million athletics portion of Kansas State's $500
million capital campaign. Before taking the position, he served as
assistant director of athletics, major gifts, from 2001-2002, and as
director of development from 2000-2001, both at Kansas State. He
also held athletics positions at the University of Wyoming and the
University of South Florida.
Zenger holds a doctorate in educational policy and leadership
from the University of Kansas. He earned a master's degree in
journalism and mass communication and a bachelor's degree in English
and secondary education, both from Kansas State University.
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Heeke has served as senior associate athletic director since
2002. In that position, he has assisted in the daily operations and
management of the intercollegiate athletic department, consisting of
17 sports and a $38 million budget; led strategic planning for
generating external athletics funding; and provided administrative
supervision for football, men's basketball, and women's soccer and
softball. Before taking the position, he served as associate
athletic director, external operations, from 1999 to 2002; associate
athletic director, marketing and media relations, from 1996 to 1999;
and several other athletics positions at the University of Oregon.
He also held an athletics position at Michigan State University.
Heeke earned a master's degree in athletic administration from
Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in economics and
management from Albion College.
"I want to commend the search committee for selecting three
outstanding finalists from a high-quality pool of candidates," said
ISU President Al Bowman. "I look forward to their visits and their
interaction with the campus community."
More information about the candidates and their campus visit
schedules will be posted at
as soon as arrangements are finalized.
assistant athletics director, media relations,