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MSU AD search: Christian Spears, 3rd finalist

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Montana State is interviewing Christian Spears on campus Wednesday as the school's third finalist for its AD position.

According to Spears' bio, he is in his second year as the Deputy Director of Athletics for Eastern Michigan University. Spears arrived in Ypsilanti following a five-year tenure in the Northern Illinois University Athletics Department.

A part of the the athletic department’s Executive Leadership Team, Spears oversees the External Division including development, marketing, corporate partnership efforts, fan experience and media relations. He also leads strategies to increase ticket sales, merchandise and other revenue streams. In addition, Spears assists with the administration of the football program and is responsible for football scheduling.

Before arriving at EMU, Spears served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and as the sport administrator for the NIU football team. He also served as the acting director of athletics for nearly five months while NIU conducted a national search for their new Director of Athletics following the football team’s Orange Bowl appearance in 2013.

While in DeKalb, Spears’ responsibilities included serving as the primary liaison between several campus units and Intercollegiate Athletics, including Academic Affairs and Student Affairs as well as the Office of General Counsel.

Additionally, Spears directly supervised the following administrative areas for NIU: Academics, Compliance, Life Skills, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology, Football Operations and Equipment. Moreover, he coordinated the department’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). He was also the sport AD for football, men’s basketball, baseball, cross country and track and field.

In addition to his duties at Northern Illinois, Spears served as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) in 2012-13 and on the NAAC Board of Directors from 2008-14.

Prior to joining NIU, Spears served for six years at Southern Illinois University, where he was the Assistant Athletic Director. Spears came to SIU in fall of 2003 from Harvard University.

Spears began his career as a graduate student working in the athletic marketing office at Long

Beach State University; he then served as the Big Ten Minority Intern for Ohio State University working in their athletic compliance office while he matriculated through the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State.

Spears is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in political science. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Long Beach State University in 1998 and he received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2002.

Christian and his wife, Julia, have three children, Rainier, Kai and Skyla.

Montana State is unveiling each finalists name the morning of his/her interview. Two candidates remain on Thursday and Friday. The Bobcats interviewed Wyoming's Matt Whisenant and Utah's Kyle Brennan on campus Monday and Tuesday.

The school said over 60 people applied for MSU's AD job.

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MSU's first AD candidate: Wyoming's Matthew Whisenant 

Bobcats interview Utah's Kyle Brennan for AD job

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