ORONO – Less than a week after athletic director Karlton Creech jumped to the University of Denver, the University of Maine has named his interim replacement.
Capt. James Settele, who most recently served as chief of staff to UMaine president Susan J. Hunter, has been named interim athletic director for the school. He has been with Maine since 2006, and has 27 years of active Navy service under his belt. He retired from active service in 2009.
“Jim brings a wealth of leadership experience, institutional knowledge and organizational skills to the interim AD position,” Hunter said in a press release. “He is well regarded across campus for his work in athletics and academics. He got his start at UMaine as the NROTC commander, has been a member of our faculty and administration, and worked closely with Karlton for the past four years.”
Maine will embark on its national search for a permanent replacement following Hunter’s retirement this summer, but she endorsed Settele further in her statement.
“I will miss him as chief of staff,” Hunter says, “but he will be 334 yards away in Memorial Gym and will continue as a member of the President’s Cabinet. As interim AD, he will continue to have an important role in our ongoing work to successfully transition to a new president at the Universityof Maine. And Black Bear Nation — our student-athletes, athletics staff, donors and fans — will be in good hands.”
Settele made his way to Orono in 2006, taking the position of commanding officer of the Naval ROTC unit at UMaine, Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University.