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University of Nebraska-Omaha announces new athletic director

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 1:44 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Officials at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Monday announced the selection of its new athletic director.

Adrian Dowell will become the next vice chancellor of athletics following a national search. Right now Dowell serves as the assistant vice president and associate athletic director for Creighton University athletics. He will begin this new position at Omaha on Dec. 1.

“It is an incredible honor and a privilege to lead this athletic department, and I am grateful to the search committee for this opportunity,” Dowell said. “Greatness is the collective goal at UNO and I believe there is a strong foundation in place that we can build on together to achieve that goal. I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”

“Adrian Dowell is a true Maverick,” Chancellor Joanne Li said. “He is a dynamic individual who inspires a winning attitude in others and has proven to be an transformational presence in Division I athletics. I am thrilled for our Omaha community to get to know Adrian and I look forward to celebrating the success our student-athletes will achieve a result of his leadership.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Adrian Dowell and his family to UNO and the University of Nebraska,” said University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter. “He will be an outstanding leader for our student-athletes and the UNO community as a whole. Adrian understands that athletics are a vital part of campus life, and he brings a proven record of leadership and success to our university. I’m confident he will help the Mavericks compete at the highest levels both athletically and academically.”

The position became available this summer when former AD Trev Alberts was hired to run the athletic department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in July.

Watch Monday’s announcement

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