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Aug 31, 2012 4:48 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports

MSUB's Gary Gray accepts Fairbanks A.D. job

FAIRBANKS - Montana State Billings is searching for a new athletics director after it was announced Friday morning that Gary Gray is leaving for The University of Alaska Fairbanks.

UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers announced at a media conference that Gray has been hired in the same capacity for Fairbanks.

Gray has been at MSUB since 1994. Prior to that he directed the undergraduate and graduate programs in sport management at Iowa State University from 1987-1994. He went to Iowa State from Eastern Montana College, where he taught and coached from 1984-1987.

"Coming from another GMAC school, Montana State Billings, where I've been a long time, I am definitely familiar with this great university and its wonderful tradition in athletics," Gray told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "I'm not new to competing against the Nanooks."

Gray's official title at MSUB was director of intercollegiate athletics. He was in charge of 13 men's and women's varsity sports, and was also president of the Pacific West Conference from 1996-98.

Gray replaces Forrest Karr, who resigned in May after seven years at UAF to become the athletic director at Northern Michigan University.

The two other finalists were Carl Clapp, associate athletics director at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Clapp is also a finalist for The University of Montana's athletic director's job) and Bill Macriss, deputy director of athletics at Sacramento State.


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