HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai`i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney today announced the resignation of Athletic Director Dexter Irvin, effective December 31, 2013.
Irvin, who joined UH Hilo in August 2009, has accepted a position as athletic director with the College of Southern Nevada located in Henderson, Nevada, pending Nevada Board of Regents' approval.
"Dexter contributed greatly to the progress of UH Hilo Athletics," Straney said. "He worked tirelessly to move our diverse athletics program forward, and his efforts are greatly appreciated by the University and local community. We wish him all the best in his new position."
Under Irvin's leadership, Vulcan Athletics developed a gender equity plan, implemented its first official audits, created an operations manual from scratch, established Women's Basketball and Men's and Women's Soccer as officially recognized sports with the hiring of full-time, permanent coaches, and witnessed the expansion of the PacWest Conference. During his tenure, fundraising revenue and corporate sponsorships also increased notably.
Pending final approval in accordance with UH System policies, Timothy Moore, founding director, Campus Recreation Department, will serve as interim athletic director, effective January 1, 2014.
Moore came to UH Hilo on June 1, 2008 from Southern Methodist University where he served as assistant director and later associate director of recreational sports from 1992-2008. He holds a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.
A national search for a permanent director of intercollegiate athletics at UH Hilo is anticipated to be launched in 2014.