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St. Cloud State names Heather Weems athletic director

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Mar 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - After a nationwide search, St. Cloud State has selected Heather Weems as its new athletic director, the university announced Friday.

Weems will join the university, effective July 1. Weems was selected from a field three finalists who interviewed on campus Wednesday.

"She is a team leader who understands the challenges that we face, but is deeply excited about the opportunities that we have in front of us," SCSU President Earl Potter said.

Weems, 37, joins the Huskies after spending three years as an assistant athletic director and senior woman adminstrator at Drake University in Iowa.

"As I accept this leadership role, I am inspired by the great potential of this institution and the athletics department and know the breadth and depth of my experience...will serve me well as a serve to maximize the energy and passion of so many in this community," Weems said.

In her two days on campus this week, Weems said she was impressed by the passion she saw for the university as well as the belief in Husky athletics.

"We want winning traditions and that comes from culture, that comes from funding, that comes from doing things right every day. And it comes from a heck of a lot of hard work. That's where I see us, as continuing to build winning traditions," Weems said.

"I believe in leadership. I believe in relationships, you'll hear that a lot from me. I think we have a lot of great people who are ready for a vision and ready to make this a great university," Weems said.

At Drake, Weems was responsible for internal affairs and oversight in NCAA compliance, academic success services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning as well as sport program supervision.

Prior to joining Drake in 2009, Weems spent seven years as an associate AD at the University of Denver, helping lead that institution in the transition from Division II to Division I sports.

Weems was raised in Adel, Iowa. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's degree from the University of Denver.

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