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Mark Madsen, UVU’s new men's basketball head coach, speaks with Jared Sumsion, interim director of athletics at UVU, during a press conference in the NUVI Basketball Center on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Orem.

For the last three months, Utah Valley University has searched for its next athletic director.

As it turns out, the Wolverines already had him in place.

UVU announced Friday that Jared Sumsion will officially be the new athletic director, promoting him from his interim athletic director status that he was appointed to when Vince Otoupal resigned in early February.

Sumsion comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge and experience from many years working in the Wolverine athletic department. He also is one of the most passionate supporters of UVU sports anywhere.

“UVU’s national search for a new director of athletics produced some truly talented candidates. After a thorough review, our search committee found that Jared demonstrated the commitment and track record on exceptional leadership, care, and results that align with UVU’s values and direction,” UVU president Astrid S. Tuminez said in the press release. “He places our student-athletes at the heart of all that he does. He will usher in a new era of athletic excellence at UVU.”

Sumsion will also serve in the role of associate vice president of athletics as he oversees “16 Division I sports involving 330 student-athletes and 84 staff, fundraising efforts, and the elevating of UVU’s national profile.”

In the release, Sumsion expressed his commitment to his new role.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and trust that the university has shown me,” Sumsion said in the statement. “UVU transformed my life. I love this university and what it’s meant to my family and me. I’m ready to hit the ground running. Our student-athletes and staff are second to none. We have an incredible fan base and devoted community, and together we will do amazing things.”

Here is the complete press release from UVU:

“OREM, Utah — Following a nationwide search, Utah Valley University officials are pleased to announce that Dr. Jared Sumsion will become the university’s new athletic director. Sumsion served recently as the interim athletic director, and prior to that as senior associate athletic director for external operations.

“‘UVU’s national search for a new director of athletics produced some truly talented candidates. After a thorough review, our search committee found that Jared demonstrated the commitment and track record on exceptional leadership, care, and results that align with UVU’s values and direction,’ said President Astrid S. Tuminez. ‘He places our student-athletes at the heart of all that he does. He will usher in a new era of athletic excellence at UVU.’

“As the new athletic director, Sumsion will also serve as associate vice president of athletics. He will oversee 16 Division I sports involving 330 student-athletes and 84 staff, fundraising efforts, and the elevating of UVU’s national profile.

“In his position as senior associate athletic director, Sumsion oversaw the enhancement of current revenue streams, major gift fundraising, annual giving, donor relations, corporate partnerships, and strategic planning. He oversaw marketing, branding, licensing, major events, media relations, game operations, and ticket sales.

“‘During his tenure at UVU, Jared has proven he’s the right person for this challenging job. He made that even more apparent with the leadership he provided over these past few months,’ said Val Peterson, vice president of finance and administration. ‘His commitment to UVU and the success of our student-athletes is boundless, and I look forward to seeing our athletics thrive under his leadership.’

“Before becoming athletic director, Sumsion was also the administrator for UVU’s baseball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s & women’s cross-country, men’s & women’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams, and wrestling programs.

“‘I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and trust that the university has shown me,’ Sumsion said. ‘UVU transformed my life. I love this university and what it’s meant to my family and me. I’m ready to hit the ground running. Our student-athletes and staff are second to none. We have an incredible fan base and devoted community, and together we will do amazing things.’

“Prior to his time in athletic administration, Sumsion served as the assistant to former UVU President William A. Sederburg. In that position, Sumsion was a part of the administrative team that oversaw the institution’s transition from state college to university. Additionally, from 2001-2005 he worked as a surgical assistant for Intermountain Healthcare, specializing in orthopedics.

“He received a bachelor’s degree from UVU, where he served as student body president. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership with a minor in conflict resolution.

“A native of Springville, Utah, Sumsion and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.”

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

Jared is the BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.

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