Colorado Mesa University announced in a press release today Athletic Director Tom Spicer will be leaving the university. The decision was made due to changing beliefs between President Tim Foster and Spicer concerning the future of CMU athletics.

“Spicer and CMU President Tim Foster said they have philosophical differences in their visions for the future of the athletic program at CMU,” the press release said.

It is unknown if Spicer will move on to a different university to continue his more than 40 years of experience in educational athletics.

Spicer first joined CMU in 2013 after serving a nine-year tenure with Colorado School of Mines, and a 15-year tenure Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

“We took seven RMAC championships this season and I am very proud of our coaches and all of the staff in the athletic department. That is a significant accomplishment in anyone’s book,” Spicer said in the press release. “I appreciate them and I want to thank them and everyone in this community; our boosters and fans, everyone.”

Foster said the university will be making an announcement soon about a possible replacement for Spicer.

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Alec Williams is a political science major and editor in chief for the Criterion’s 2017/2018 academic year. Starting in the spring of 2016, Williams rose from the ranks of a reporter to news editor to managing editor to his current position. Williams was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists 2016 Region 9 Mark of Excellence for his efforts in investigative reporting.


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