December 4, 2013

MARTIN, Tenn. — A search committee has identified four finalists to interview for the athletics director’s position at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The successful candidate will succeed Phil Dane, who earlier announced his retirement as the university’s athletics director effective Dec. 31, 2013.

Each candidate will appear at open forums starting the second week of December in the Boling University Center. The forums are open to the public.

The finalists are:

Robert C. Heller

•Open Forum, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, 229 Boling University Center

•Associate athletics director and major gifts officer (2010-13)

•Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Richard R. Schoeberl

•Open Forum, 3:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 13, 229 Boling University Center

•Assistant athletics director (2011-13)

•The University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tim M. Van Alstine

•Open Forum, 3:30 p.m., Mon., Dec. 16, 229 Boling University Center

•Assistant vice president and director of athletics (2001-13)

•Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.

Julio Freire

•Open Forum, 3:30 p.m., Tues., Dec. 17, 229 Boling University Center

•Senior associate athletics director (2010-13)

•University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

UT Martin competes in NCAA Division I in men’s and women’s sports and the Football Championship Subdivision. The university is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The UT Martin rodeo team, the only collegiate rodeo team in Tennessee, is a member of the Ozark Region and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.