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NCHC launches search committee for next commissioner

Conference hires Parker Executive Search to facilitate the process. Applications will be accepted until March 28.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The NCHC has begun the search for its third commissioner. The conference has contracted with Parker Executive Search, which will facilitate the process to find the full-time position for the NCHC, which was founded in 2011.

The NCHC search committee has representatives from all eight member institutions. The committee is co-chaired by University of North Dakota President Dr. Andy Armacost and University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Director Josh Berlo. Armacost is the chair of the NCHC's Board of Directors. Berlo is a member of the NCHC Athletic Council.

The NCHC released the commissioner position profile on Thursday. Nominations and applications for the position should be directed to Grant Higgison at Parker Executive Search and he can be reached at GHigginson@parkersearch.com or 770-804-1996, Ext. 118.

Josh Fenton has served as NCHC Commissioner since 2013, months before the conference's first season.
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Current NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton announced he would be leaving the NCHC for the same role with the Summit League and will begin in that role on April 11, 2022. This is the ninth season that Fenton has been the NCHC commissioner.

"The conference is seeking applications from the best and most passionate leaders in college hockey to fill the dedicated role of a single-sport commissioner," Armacost said in an NCHC news release. "Josh Fenton's remarkable guidance, commitment and vision has the NCHC well-positioned for continued leadership within NCAA hockey on and off the ice.


"With significant changes happening in the landscape of Division I athletics, the next NCHC commissioner must bring a steady hand with a strategic plan for the future."

Nominations and applications for the position will be accepted through March 28, 2022.

The members of the NCHC search committee include: Armacost, Berlo, Dan Bartholomae (Western Michigan University athletic director), Karlton Creech (University of Denver athletic director), Dr. Michael Crowder (Miami University faculty athletics representative), Lindsey Ekwerekwu (University of Nebraska Omaha senior associate athletic director), Lesley Irvine (Colorado College athletic director) and Dr. Bill Hudson (St. Cloud State University faculty athletics representive).

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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