Allen accepts appointment to be Tabor College VP of Athletics

Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment management, has been selected to administer Tabor College?s athletic program and will assume the newly created position of vice president of athletics Sept. 1.

Allen has maintained close working ties with the Bluejays? coaches and the athletics department staff in recruiting and enrolling new student athletes.

?Rusty has demonstrated excellent leadership as an administrator and a coach and this position is a great fit for his skills and abilities,? President Jules Glanzer said. ?My vision for the athletic department includes excellence, excitement, and stability. This is a vision that Rusty shares, and is equipped to make a reality.?

Allen said intercollegiate athletics at Tabor College would continue to embody the institution?s core values of Christ-likeness, academic excellence, leadership and discipline, with a wholehearted commitment to winning.

?I have a passion for the Christian mission of Tabor College, and I also have a passion for athletics,? Allen said.

He was twice named ?coach of the year? by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference while leading the women?s basketball team.

?I share President Glanzer?s vision for athletics, which includes spiritual growth, academic excellence, leadership training, fielding teams that are exciting to watch and interact with and teams that consistently compete for conference championships,? Allen said.

?Above all, I want faith and sports to be joined together at Tabor, so that all players, coaches and staff will be encouraged to grow in relationship to Christ, and to each other.?

Allen was asked by Glanzer to submit his credentials for the post after a search had been conducted this spring to find a successor to former athletic director Don Brubacher.

The opening was advertised in higher education and athletics-related trade publications and posted on similar sites on the Internet. A search committee chaired by Karol Hunt selected two finalists for on-campus interviews. One candidate was offered the job, but declined. The other did not possess the required skill set.

At this point Glanzer approached Allen, who had been a member of the search committee and had not applied for the job, to ask him him to submit his credentials for the post.

As chief administrator of the athletics department, Allen will oversee an annual budget of $750,000, monitor some 250 student athletes, and supervise the coaches of 14 men?s and women?s teams.

Allen also will be working with the USD 410 board of education to build a new communitywide sports stadium at the college, and will play a key role in a related fund-raising campaign. Allen will be counted on to help promote Bluejays? athletics, and raise student athlete enrollment at the college.

With so much involved and so much at stake in managing the department, Glanzer concluded that the time had come to elevate athletic director to a cabinet-level position.

As vice president of athletics, Allen will report directly to the president.

?Creating the position of vice president of athletics is an effort to more effectively integrate athletics with academics and the rest of the college,? Glanzer said.

Allen, a 1985 graduate of McPherson College, played basketball for the Bulldogs before going into teaching and coaching at Clearwater, Sabetha, and Hesston. His tenure at Tabor College began in 2001, when he became women?s basketball coach, director of residence life, and associate athletic director.

In 2003, Allen became director of admissions while continuing to coach the basketball team. He became dean of enrollment the following year.

In 2007, Allen became vice president for enrollment management, and stepped down from coaching.

Allen brought a coach?s leadership style to the enrollment management department. As a result, new-student enrollment this coming fall is expected to approach a record high.

A search committee for a new vice president for enrollment management will be appointed this week, he said.

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