ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine announced today that Seth Woodcock would take over as interim athletic director effective November 18.
Current Maine AD Steve Abbott announced earlier this summer he would be stepping down to return to politics, serving as Susan Collins campaign manager.
UMaine President Paul Ferguson made the announcement today saying Woodcock has the relationships and the understanding to help run Maine Athletics. "Seth...has a firm understanding and commitment to Black Bear Athletics. Seth is well known for his strong work ethic and effective interpersonal skills."
Furguson also said that a national search is underway; candidates would be visiting the campus sometime this fall. The search committee, chaired by Robert Strong, professor of finance and UMaine's NCAA faculty representative, will provide names of recommended candidates to President Ferguson with the intention of filling the position early in 2014.
"I am humbled and honored to accept President Ferguson's appointment as interim athletic director at the University of Maine -- my alma mater," says Woodcock. "Our coaches, administrators and staff at Maine's only Division I athletic program will progress as a team in an atmosphere of integrity, trust and hard work. We will continue to develop and produce quality student-athletes and a nationally recognized athletic program for our fans."
Woodcock was named associate athletic director for development in 2012. Prior to joining UMaine, for a decade he was a major gift officer and campaign officer for Maine Medical Center in Portland. From 2000-02, he was a legislative aide to Maine Senate President Rick Bennett. Woodcock graduated from UMaine in 1999 with a degree in mass communication.
University of Maine contributed to this story.